South Africa Rugby have confirmed that former Munster coach and Ireland international Felix Jones will be joining their backroom staff for the World Cup.

Jones worked with Springboks head coach Rassie Erasmus during the latter's time as Munster director of rugby.

The 32-year-old will join South Africa on a what they call a 'short-term consultancy’, as he comes in to replace Swys de Bruin, who stood aside for medical reasons.

However, Jones will not be a like-for-like replacement for attack coach de Bruin and will instead come in as a defensive analyst.

"I spoke to the players after Swys decided to step down and the consensus was that we didn’t want a new attack coach," explained Erasmus.

"The feeling was that bringing in someone in that role now with new ideas now would be destabilising at this last stage of the preparations.

"But they were interested in having more analysis of defensive patterns and structures to assist in breaking down the opposition.

"Felix will bring a fresh eye to our analysis and planning and I am looking forward to his input," added Erasmus. "He is a real student of the game and I believe the players will benefit from his contribution."

There's a high chance that Jones and South Africa could meet Ireland at the quarter-final stage of the World Cup with their two pools set up to face each other at that stage.