Jones looks to football for pointers


Eddie Jones will tune into soccer’s European Championship searching for concepts to strengthen his personal efficiency as England rugby coach.

The Australian has struck up an excellent relationship with England soccer boss Gareth Southgate and has taken half in common digital chats with the Three Lions boss, David Moyes, Arsene Wenger and coaches from the NBA and NFL to debate the challenges of working in sport throughout the COVID period.

England launch their Euro 2020 opener towards Croatia on Sunday and together with his personal facet’s summer season collection not starting till June 27, Jones can be on the look-out over the approaching weeks for pointers that may translate to rugby.

“I do know Gareth moderately properly. We’ve chatted over the past time frame and I’ll be following his pursuits and the staff’s pursuits,” he mentioned.

“They clearly have a gifted group of gamers as evidenced by two English groups being within the European Cup ultimate and one staff within the Europa League ultimate.

“They’ve some nice expertise in the mean time and it’s about how that expertise can come collectively and play as one staff the place gamers must play in numerous roles.

“It’s no completely different to what we have now to do when it comes to generally gamers must play a barely completely different position to what they do at their membership as a result of it fits the staff higher. I can be watching that.

“Clearly there are some good gamers in different groups so we are going to see how the coaches get the perfect out of these gamers.

“Once more, I’ve had just a few chats with the Belgium coach (Roberto Martinez) and he’s bought some expertise there.

“How they deal with the expectation of being one of many favourites with excellent gamers like Kevin De Bruyne can be of curiosity.”

Jones has named his first squad for the reason that Six Nations as preparations start for subsequent month’s Assessments towards the USA and Canada at Twickenham, that are preceded by an ‘A’ worldwide towards Scotland A.



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