As the RFU continue their search for the next England head coach, rugby fans up and down the country look ahead to the 2016 Six Nations Championships. We take a look at the four of the most prominent names in the betting market for the position.
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Eddies Jones – 1/3 (Australian)
Previous International Experience: Head Coach Australia (2001-2005); Assistant South Africa (2007); Head Coach Japan (2012-2015)
Pros: The Australian is widely regarded as one of the most intelligent coaches in the game, guiding his native country to the 2001 Tri-Nations and the 2003 World Cup final. Was an assistant during South Africa’s World Cup triumph in 2007. Masterminded Japan’s best ever World Cup campaign in 2015 including a win over the Springboks. Huge experience and would bring an attractive brand of rugby to Twickenham.
What he’s said: “If England approached me, would I listen to them? It’s not the sort of job I’ll go out chasing, but I’d certainly chat to them if they thought I was the right man for the role.”
Cons: Has recently joined the Stormers in the Super Rugby competition and has also said that he isn’t interested in the job at this moment in time. Despite this his odds have tumbled over the weekend from 8/1 to 1/3, it seems somebody knows something we don’t?
Jake White – 7/2 (South African)
Previous International Experience: Head Coach South Africa (2004-2007)
Pros: Took over a South Africa side in turmoil after a dreadful World Cup campaign (sound familiar?) and transformed them into the world’s best side in three years. Introduced a raft of young players who became the core of the Springboks side for the next decade. A proven winner wherever he has been at either club or international level. Has openly expressed his interest in the job for a number of years.
What he’s said: “England have everything going for them in terms of resources, players and history.”
Cons: Many have criticised White’s pragmatic style, his teams traditionally play a forward orientated game built around set-piece dominance and territory. Like Eddie Jones he is currently tied into a contract with a club side. Having applied so many times before are the RFU likely to appoint him this time?
Nick Mallett – 10/1 (South African)
Previous International Experience: Head Coach South Africa (1997-2000); Head Coach Italy (2007-2011)
Pros: A coach of massive experience and pedigree. During his time in charge of South Africa he took the side on record breaking run of 17-straight test victories which included the 1998 Tri-Nations title. When at the helm of Italy he guided them to their first ever wins over Argentina and France. His teams play attractive running rugby and he backs his players to take care of business. A lively outsider for the job.
What he’s said: “I was keen for the challenge in 2011 but not anymore. I’m enjoying my current job.”
Cons: He has been out of the game for over four years and is basically semi-retired. Can he be tempted away from his TV work to take a job he has been turned down for in the past?
Rob Baxter – 18/1 (English)
Previous International Experience: N/A
Pros: Baxter has overseen one of the biggest transformations in club rugby with the Exeter Chiefs. Took charge of the Chiefs in 2009 and has turned them into one of the Premierships most dangerous and stylish sides. Has developed some the country’s best young talents such as Henry Slade, Jack Nowell and Dave Ewers. Worked with England on their tour of Argentina in 2013; seen by many as a future England coach.
What he’s said: “English coaches are best placed to work on the management of England’s best players through into an international environment and get the best out of them,”
Cons: The RFU have stated they want a coach with international experience something Baxter is sorely lacking. Will they really take a chance on somebody with such little experience at the highest level again?
Who do you think will lead England into the Six Nations? Is it one of the names mentioned above? Or is it somebody we may not have considered? Let us know and remember if guess correctly you will receive a £100 discount per person on your Six Nations Twickenham hospitality packages!
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