Eddie Jones Photo: Tim Clayton
Former ACT Brumbies and Australian Wallabies coach Eddie Jones has been hospitalised with signs of a minor stroke in Japan.
The 53-year-old Australian, who is now coaching the Japanese national side, complained of a headache late Tuesday when he returned to Tokyo from an inspection of the Brave Blossoms' training camp, a spokeswoman for the Japan Rugby Football Union said.
"He was with the team's staff at the time and they went together to a hospital in Tokyo by taxi," Mayuko Watanabe said.
"The doctors said he was showing signs of a light cerebral infarction and he was hospitalised for examination."
The Canberra Times last spoke to Jones on Sunday when he was visiting the South African home of former Brumbies coach Jake White, who is now contemplating flying to Tokyo to be beside his good friend.
‘‘I’ve been up all night speaking to his wife and daughter and I’m hoping to get details so I can decide whether to go to Tokyo,’’ White wrote in a text.
Another former Brumbies coach Andy Friend, also based in Japan, said he was seeking information when contacted on Wednesday night.
Jones, 53, coached the Brumbies from 1998 to 2001, before taking over as Wallabies coach until the end of 2005.
He took the Brumbies to their very first Super Rugby title in 2001.
Jones returned to club coaching in Japan in 2009 and was last year appointed national head coach.
Japan is due to play the All Blacks in Tokyo on November 2.
- with AFP