Wasps are willing to let the Wallaby legend assist the national side providing it doesn’t interfere with his playing duties. Over the weekend Jones revealed that he has offered Jonny Wilkinson a chance to join his staff and this latest potential move will excite fans.
England have endured well documented problems at the breakdown over the past four years, due to a combination of selection and technical issues. It is hoped that Smith’s expertise in this area can transform England’s fortunes.
England face two crucial games at Twickenham during the 2016 RBS Six Nations. England face defending champions Ireland (Saturday 27th February) in what promises to be another classic encounter. Jones’s side then face Wales (Saturday 12th March) as England look to avenge their infamous World Cup loss.
After his first press conference last week Jones indicated his desire to get Smith involved saying, “Whether we can get him to come and work… I don’t know whether Wasps will let him come with us.”
The 35-year-old won 111 caps for Australia and has been one of Wasps best performers this season, particularly at the ruck where he continues to win crucial turnovers.
Smith has told the Daily Mail that he would be open to the idea of once again working alongside Jones, saying “If he (Jones) does come calling, I would definitely listen to him because he’s a person who I do regard highly.”
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Wasps Director of Rugby Dai Young has said he wouldn’t stand in Smith’s way if England come calling, “I wouldn’t stand in his way. I know that Eddie has a relationship with George going back a long way.
“We are here to support England and their management and if we can help, we will. If George could be of assistance – rather than being an assistant – helping the national team do well, and it doesn’t affect what we are doing, then I’ve got no problem with it.”
England have two potential candidates for the number seven jersey for the RBS Six Nations 2016. Matt Kvesic has been one of the Premierships form opensides in the last 18 months and is probably the most skilled at the breakdown.
Jack Clifford is an exciting young talent with bags of potential. He is a powerful and dynamic ball carrier and while his is still learning his craft at the ruck he could become an England regular if his rate of improvement continues.
It is exciting to think how well either one of these players could perform under the tutelage of one of the game’s greatest ever flankers.