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England announce side for Twickenham Opener with South Africa

Eddie Jones has recalled Tom Wood and handed Wasps centre Elliot Daly his first start, after naming the England side to face South Africa in the opening Old Mutual Wealth Autumn International at Twickenham on Saturday.

Daly was involved in England’s Six Nations campaign and the summer series with Australia, but will make his first start in place of Jonathan Joseph. The 24-year-old has been in scintillating form for Wasps this season and will start at outside-centre alongside Owen Farrell.

There could also be debuts from the bench for Kyle Sinckler, Nathan Hughes and Ben Te’o. Fans will be particularly excited to see Hughes finally make his England debut, after two spectacular seasons with Wasps.

Wood Returns to England Team for South Africa Clash

Wood was a mainstay of the Stuart Lancaster-era, but makes his first appearance under Eddie Jones in the number seven shirt.

The Australian had labelled Wood’s performances as “distinctly average” earlier in the year but with a raft of injuries, he has recalled the 30-year-old who has stepped-up his game in recent weeks – he will pack down alongside Chris Robshaw and Billy Vunipola.

In the absence of Jack Nowell and Anthony Watson, Jonny May and Marland Yarde will play on the wings with Mike Brown continuing at full-back.

Dylan Hartley, who was confirmed as the guest of honour for the Midlands Sportsman’s Luncheon this morning, will once again skipper the side.

Opening Autumn International a “fantastic opportunity” says Eddie Jones

England return to Twickenham on Saturday, knowing they have a golden opportunity to end a decade wait for a victory over the Springboks.

There have been several near misses since that day, but with the Boks arriving in disarray, Jones will be looking for his tenth consecutive win.

Despite injuries to key players such as Maro Itoje, George Kruis and James Haskell, Jones is confident in his side, saying: “We’ve picked a matchday 23 with a blend of experience and youth.

“We’ve trained well this week and I am pleased with how the players have come together and responded to some of the things we’ve asked them to do. The boys are focused and ready to go.

“We’re looking forward to the game. It’s a fantastic opportunity to show how much depth we have in English rugby. With a few influential players not available for selection this is a great opportunity for some of the new faces to put both feet forward and we’re backing them to do the job for us.”

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England v South Africa – Saturday 12th November 2016

England v Fiji – Saturday 19th November 2016

England v Argentina – Saturday 26th November 2016

England v Australia – Saturday 3rd December 2016

England Name Squad for Autumn Internationals

England’s strength in depth will undergo a severe examination as Eddie Jones prepares for the Old Mutual Wealth Autumn Internationals at Twickenham. This morning the Australian named his 33-man squad denuded of some big names.

Injuries provide uncapped players the chance to shine in the Autumn Internationals

Injured players not considered for selection included Jack Clifford (Harlequins), Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs), James Haskell (Wasps), Maro Itoje (Saracens), Sam Jones (Wasps), George Kruis (Saracens), Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs), Manu Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers), Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby), and Mike Williams (Leicester Tigers).

With the back row in particular looking thin there is a recall for the hard as nails Northampton flanker Tom Wood.

He has effectively been shunned since Jones took over – for no obvious good reason. A bit like the refusal to consider Danny Cipriani despite a host of brilliant performances.

There is sadly no recall for Cipriani. No place either for the uncapped Josh Beaumont. Bad luck for two players in fine form.England Name Squad for Autumn Internationals - Twickenham Corporate Hospitality Packages

The squad takes in uncapped prop Kyle Sinckler though, No 8 Nathan Hughes, lock Charlie Ewels, wing Mike Haley, fly-half Alex Lozowski and centre Ben Te’o. There will be plenty of eyes on how Hughes goes. A destructive ball-carrier, the Fijian has qualified via residency.

Much will depend for England victory hopes on the engine room of Joe Launchbury and Courtney Lawes. At their best they are great players but have on occasion appeared burned out.

Wing Jonny May, No 8 Ben Morgan and second-row Dave Atwood all return from long absences. The squad fly to Portugal for a training camp on Sunday.

The Old Mutual Wealth Series sees England begin their campaign on November 12 against South Africa, before facing Fiji, Argentina and Australia.

“Our training camp in Portugal is a great opportunity to spend a week together, focus on putting our game plans in place and for new players to understand the England way,” said Jones.

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England v South Africa – Saturday 12th November 2016

England v Fiji – Saturday 19th November 2016

England v Argentina – Saturday 26th November 2016

England v Australia – Saturday 3rd December 2016

The full squad is:

Forwards 

Dave Attwood (Bath Rugby) *injury replacement for George Kruis (Saracens), Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers), Charlie Ewels (Bath Rugby), Ellis Genge (Leicester Tigers), Jamie George (Saracens), Teimana Harrison (Northampton Saints) *injury replacement for James Haskell (Wasps), Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints), Nathan Hughes (Wasps), Joe Launchbury (Wasps), Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints) Joe Marler (Harlequins), Ben Morgan (Gloucester Rugby) *injury replacement for Jack Clifford (Harlequins), Chris Robshaw (Harlequins), Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins), Tommy Taylor (Wasps), Billy Vunipola (Saracens), Mako Vunipola (Saracens), Tom Wood (Northampton Saints) *injury replacement for Mike Williams (Leicester Tigers).

Backs 

Mike Brown (Harlequins), Danny Care (Harlequins), Elliot Daly (Wasps), Owen Farrell (Saracens), George Ford (Bath Rugby), Alex Goode (Saracens), Mike Haley (Sale Sharks), Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby), Alex Lozowski (Saracens), Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby), Semesa Rokoduguni (Bath Rugby), Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs), Ben Te’o (Worcester Warriors), Marland Yarde (Harlequins) *injury replacement for Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby), Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers)

 

England lose Maro Itoje for Autumn Internationals

Eddie Jones has been dealt another major injury blow ahead of the Old Mutual Wealth Autumn Internationals at Twickenham, after superstar forward Maro Itoje was ruled out for six-weeks with a broken hand.

Itoje who was a key figure for England as they claimed their first Six Nations Grand Slam since 2003 and a first ever Test Series win over Australia, was forced from the field in Saracens European Cup game on Saturday.

After undergoing a scan the 21-year-old was ruled out of action and will miss all four of England’s Autumn Internationals, which begin with the visit of South Africa (Saturday 12th November) and end with a vital game against Australia (Saturday 3rd December).

Head Coach Jones already has a long-list of injuries to contend with after losing Jack Nowell, Anthony Watson, James Haskell, George Kruis, Sam Jones and Manu Tuilagi. But the loss of Itoje could be the most significant, given the major impact he has had since bursting onto the international stage.

Mark McCall, Saracens Director of Rugby, said: “For any team to lose a player of the ability of Maro is a blow and he will be missed through the autumn for both Saracens and England.

“What’s now important for Maro is his recovery and we look forward to his return later this season.”

Chris Ashton Joins Eventmasters for Autumn International Hospitality at Twickenham Stoop

Chris Ashton Confirmed For England v South Africa - Autumn Internationals - Twickenham
Eventmasters are delighted to announce that Saracens star and England international Chris Ashton will join us as a guest speaker at the opening game of the Old Mutual Wealth Autumn Internationals – England v South Africa.

Ashton is widely recognised as one of the finest finishers in the game with a try-scoring record of 19 tries in 39 games for England, including his unforgettable score against Australia in 2010 – one of the greatest tries Twickenham has ever seen.

England Autumn International Corporate Hospitality Packages now on sale!

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England v South Africa – Saturday 12th November 2016

England v Fiji – Saturday 19th November 2016

England v Argentina – Saturday 26th November 2016

England v Australia – Saturday 3rd December 2016

George Kruis joins England Injury List Ahead of Autumn Internationals

Saracens lock George Kruis has become the latest player to join the long-list of injuries for England Rugby Head Coach Eddie Jones ahead of the 2016 Old Mutual Wealth Autumn Internationals at Twickenham.

Kruis has been an ever-present for Jones playing in all five RBS Six Nations games before playing a key-role in the 3-0 summer tour win over Australia. Kruis has started this season in blistering form and was outstanding in Saracens defeat of Toulon in the European Champions Cup.

However it later emerged that the 26-year-old had suffered an ankle injury which required surgery, ruling him out for a “number of weeks” according to Saracens boss Mark McCall.

Kruis is the latest star to suffer an injury ahead of the Autumn Internationals and will join the likes of James Haskell, Jack Nowell, Anthony Watson, Jack Clifford, Sam Jones, Manu Tuilagi and Luke Cowan-Dickie.

It is certainly a concern for Eddie Jones, fortunately England are blessed with a plethora of world-class locks with the Joe Launchbury, Courtney Lawes and Dave Atwood all more than capable of filling the boots of Kruis.

Rugby League Convert Josh Charnley Hopes To Earn England Call

Former Rugby League star Josh Charnley is hoping to win a place in the England squad as he prepares for his first training session with the Sale Sharks.

Charnley has spent his entire career with leagues’ most famous club the Wigan Warriors, but announced he would be switching to Rugby Union earlier in the year – reviving memories of the last convert to join Sale from Wigan, Jason Robinson.

The flying winger boasts an impressive strike-rate in for both club and country in the other code, with 149 tries in 151 appearances for Wigan and eight tries in seven appearances for England.

After signing of his Wigan career in perfect fashion with the winning try in the Super League Grand Final, sights now turn to Sale and England. Charnley said: “It is good playing for your country and I have done it in rugby league.

“Pulling on that jersey is huge honour and it is what players aspire to get to.”

“I think I am going to stay at wing/full back. If I can’t handle them they will probably move me in a little bit.

“I’ve never played [rugby union] before. It is more of a northern thing rugby league, so I am looking forward to it. It is going to be a huge challenge but it is one of those I am going to commit to.”

If he makes a smooth transition England could have a real star on their hands.

England Autumn International Corporate Hospitality Packages now on sale!

England will be looking to maintain their perfect record under Eddie Jones in the Twickenham Autumn Internationals 2016. Eventmasters are delighted to offer official Twickenham corporate hospitality packages for these four superb games – allowing you to see all the action in VIP style.

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England v South Africa – Saturday 12th November 2016

England v Fiji – Saturday 19th November 2016

England v Argentina – Saturday 26th November 2016

England v Australia – Saturday 3rd December 2016

England complete whitewash of Australia with record victory

England completed a 3-0 series whitewash in Australia breaking all sorts of records in the process. It was glorious rugby from both sides if riddled with mistakes.

Victory in a pulsating third and final Test in Sydney was achieved despite conceding 40 points. Australia won the try battle 5-4 but still lost, 40-44.

Unsurprisingly perhaps, England looked mentally tired in the wake of their defensive heroics in the 23-7 second Test. There were more missed tackles, the intensity wasn’t quite there, neither was the aggression, and the backing-up was that split second too late.

Australia had a little more about them yet seemed shell-shocked, knowing that England had an unassailable Test lead and had already won the Cook Cup.

Thankfully the George Ford and Owen Farrell axis was working well.

Ford put in some neat half breaks and his exquisite boot kept pinning Australia back. Farrell’s penalty kicking and conversions were almost robotical.

“We made some history,” said captain Dylan Hartley afterwards.

How right he was – it was England’s highest score home or away against Australia and the first 3-0 series win by a touring side in Australia since South Africa in 1971.

The Wallabies led by a point at half-time courtesy of the boot of Bernard Foley, after Dan Cole and Mike Brown had crossed for England, and Foley and Dane Haylett-Petty for the hosts.

Farrell’s boot seals Sydney victory for England who now look forward to Autumn Internationals

In the second period Michael Hooper and Israel Folau tries cancelled out a Billy Vunipola score. But Owen Farrell’s boot kept England in touch and Jamie George’s oddity was a bonus.

A desperately poor pass smacked against his ankles without him getting a finger on it, the ball rebounded over the try line and the hooker gratefully plunged onto it.

As scores go it was bizarre but how you score doesn’t really matters. It still goes down in the record books.

In the end the difference probably came down to the narrow ascendancy of the English pack, on occasion disrupting Aussie scrums and pinching Aussie lineout ball.

Shorn of the tackling machine James Haskell through injury, coach Eddie Jones turned to Teimana Harrison in his only change.

It didn’t work, with the flanker withdrawn after only half an hour in what was described as a tactical switch.  One had to feel sorry for Harrison in his first international but he seemed overawed as play passed him by.

The resulting re-shuffle saw Courtney Lawes come on and go into the second row, Maro Itoje moving to blind-side flanker and Chris Robshaw shifting to open-side. The game was tit for tat from the opening stages, with England only putting it out of sight late on.

The tries came fast and furious.

Prop Cole finishing off from short range a move started by front row colleague Mako Vunipola’s barrelling run, before Australia hit back as Folau beat Jack Nowell down the left wing and linked with Matt Toomua to send Foley cruising over.

Haylett-Petty finished off sustained Australian pressure, taking advantage of an over-lap out wide but England hit back as Brown raced on to Anthony Watson’s wonderful chip.

With the score 18-17 at half-time, it was anybody’s game. After the re-start Billy Vunipola rampaged over from a five-metre scrum to put the visitors back into the lead.

However, Australia continued to look dangerous and flanker Hooper, probably the All Gold’s best player throughout the series, stretched over. Then Leicester-bound Toomua burst through in midfield and gave 6ft 5in Wallaby full-back Folau a run to the line.

Australia lead by four points with 20 minutes to go, but then came George’s try, and Farrell’s accurate kicking put the tourists two scores ahead.

Taqele Naiyaravoro had the final word, but England already knew they had won.

Hartley noted: “We have scored 44 points and not played the perfect game yet, so there is still a lot to work on. Australia threw everything at us. We can all be proud of what we have achieved down under. We are very happy with the tour.”

England look forward to Autumn Internationals in 2016

In November the Autumn Internationals return to Twickenham with England playing four huge matches at “The Home of Rugby.”

England v South Africa – Saturday 12th November 2016

England v Fiji – Saturday 19th November 2016

England v Argentina – Saturday 26th November 2016

England v Australia – Saturday 3rd December 2016

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England romp to victory in Old Mutual Wealth Cup at Twickenham

Six Nations champions England completed their preparations for the summer tour of Australia with a convincing 27-13 victory over Wales in the Old Mutual Wealth Cup clash at Twickenham.

Despite missing several key players who contested the Aviva Premiership Final on Saturday, England were simply too good for their rivals, outscoring them five tries to one on a glorious afternoon at the home of rugby.

After losing out narrowly in the Six Nations, Wales were desperate to get the victory ahead of their three match series against World Champions New Zealand. Warren Gatland’s side were fastest out of the blocks and took the lead early on, as prop Rob Evans crashed over from close range.

Eddie Jones’s side gradually began to work their way into the game and hit back with a try of their own as centre Luther Burrell picked a superb line off Ben Youngs to smash through the tackle of Dan Biggar and touchdown.

Ten minutes before half-time England scored their second of the afternoon and it was no surprise to see Anthony Watson cross for his 12th international try in 21 caps. A flowing move down the left side saw Watson breakthrough two tackles and produce a superb finish.

The hosts trailed 13-10 at the break, but they could have easily been in the lead but for the misfiring boot of George Ford.

England dominate second half at Twickenham; now they head to Australia full of confidence and looking for a series win

It took England just four minutes to take the lead; off a well worked line-out move Ben Youngs sniped through the ragged Welsh defence and touchdown. Ford again missed from the tee, but they now led 15-13.

Just two minutes later England scored their fourth of the afternoon. After Dan Cole’s fingertips appeared to touch a pass from Biggar, the ball dropped to number eight Jack Clifford who showed great speed to race from the halfway line and score.

After 60 minutes the lead was extended further. After several powerful carries deep into the Welsh 22 the ball was moved wide and lock Courtney Lawes showed brilliant awareness to hand-off Jamie Roberts and send Marland Yarde over for a simple score.

There were no further additions to the score and England took the inaugural Old Mutual Wealth Cup 27-13.

After the game Jones was angered by comments about the performance of Ford who kicked just one from seven off the tee, saying: “We scored five tries, one was a bit how’s your mother, and the other four were scored by backs.

“If you score four tries against Wales your stand-off is doing something right.

“The thing that strikes me is that we’ve just beaten Wales five tries to one and we’re talking about a guy who can’t kick a few goals.”

Now England can look forward to three test matches against The Wallabies. Head Coach Eddie Jones will be delighted with the performances of some his fringe players on Sunday.

Joe Launchbury was rightly awarded Man of the Match after a stellar effort; another reminder of his immense talents. In the back-row Jack Clifford and Teimana Harrison brought real dynamism and power.

While the backs again showed that they continue their development and Luther Burrell earned a spot on the plane with Manu Tuilagi ruled out with injury.

After the summer tour England return to Twickenham for the Autumn Internationals and then the 2017 Six Nations.

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England v Wales – Old Mutual Wealth Cup Preview

Sunday’s inaugural Old Mutual Wealth Cup at Twickenham will see England take on Wales, with both sides preparing for major summer tours to Australia and New Zealand. The game will be a rematch of the classic Six Nations encounter and will be anything but an end of season friendly.

Eddie Jones was able to select a strong squad for the game, but he will be without his contingent of Saracens and Exeter players who will be contesting the Aviva Premiership Final on Saturday. But the Australian has named four uncapped players in the match day 23.

Harrison to make England debut

Northampton Saints star Teimana Harrison will make his England debut at blindside flanker, after a stellar season with the East Midlands giants.

The 23-year-old went to the same high school as Six Nations winning skipper Dylan Hartley (Rotorua Boys School) and qualifies for England through his English father. After enjoying a breakout season, Jones has rewarded him with a Test Match debut and place in the squad for the Australia tour.

At number eight Jack Clifford will make his full debut, after several appearances off the bench during the Six Nations. While James Haskell will continue his role at openside flanker, with Matt Kvesic offering cover from the bench.

While Tommy Taylor and Ellis Genge could make their England debuts from the bench; along with centre Ollie Devoto.

In the backs Luther Burrell returns to the inside centre jersey for the first time since last August, while Marland Yarde starts on the wing in the absence of Jack Nowell.

Eddie Jones said, “This is an important Test match and a great opportunity for us to play some positive, physical rugby. We are a young team learning our craft, Wales are an experienced team; it’ll be great test for us.

“We can’t wait to get back Twickenham to play in front of a massive crowd. England versus Wales is a special occasion and we look forward to giving our loyal fans something to cheer about.”

Gatland selects strong team for England clash

Warren Gatland has been able to select a near full strength Wales side for the Old Mutual Cup clash, with Sam Warburton and Jonathan Davies the only notable absentees.

Gloucester’s Ross Moriarty replaces Warburton, winning his sixth Wales cap. While Dan Lydiate moves to openside flanker and takes over the captaincy.

In the backs the likes of Dan Biggar, George North, Jamie Roberts and Liam Williams all feature, meaning this will be a proper Test Match.


The Wales coach said: “It will be an important hit-out for both teams and as ever it will be an important Test match as it’s England v Wales at Twickenham.

“There is a lot of continuity in our squad and a great amount of experience and that is going to be vital over the next five weeks.”

This will be a must-see encounter.

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England pick squad for Old Mutual Wealth Cup game at Twickenham

Eddie Jones has selected a strong 26-man squad for England’s Old Mutual Wealth Cup match against Wales at Twickenham on Sunday.

The Six Nations champions will be without their contingent of Saracens and Exeter Chiefs players including Maro Itoje, Billy Vunipola, George Kruis and Jack Nowell; who are contesting the Aviva Premiership Final on Saturday.

However they are able to recall several of the stars who shone during their Grand Slam winning campaign, while some uncapped players could get the chance to showcase their talents.

One of the notable omissions is Danny Cipriani who has enjoyed one of his finest seasons and will join up with Wasps ahead of the 2016-17 season.

After a training camp in Brighton, Cipriani was unable to force his way into the squad for the Australia tour, but will travel with the England Saxons to South Africa.

Jones said on the 28-year-old: “It’s never the end. The door is always open. He came down to Brighton and put his best foot forward. He’s got some work to do on his game if he’s going to dislodge the other two boys.”

With Owen Farrell struggling with a rib injury, it could be a case of Jones holding Cipriani back in case he has to call upon him for the Australia tour.

England could field exciting back-row for Wales clash

England v Wales was probably the best game of the 2016 Six Nations as the hosts avenged their World Cup defeat with a 25-21 victory.

The battle at the breakdown was crucial that day and will again be a pivotal area of the game on Sunday and Jones has given himself the option of fielding an exciting and dynamic back-row.

Teimana Harrison has been one of the Premierships form players in the second half of the season, forcing his way into the squad for the Australia series. The 23-year-old has the ability to cover openside and number eight, while his work at the breakdown has been superb.

Matt Kvesic is another who has really impressed this season in a struggling Gloucester side, he has maintained a high-level of performance and is a master of stealing ball at the ruck.

While Jack Clifford made steady progress throughout the Six Nations during his first season of international rugby. Like Harrison he is a versatile performer and has been a constant in Jones’s plans and could get his first start.

With world ranking points and the Old Mutual Wealth Cup at stake, this will be anything but an end of season friendly as both sides prepare for huge summer tours of Australia and New Zealand respectively.

Predicted England Rugby XV v Wales:
15. Mike Brown
14. Anthony Watson
13. Jonathan Joseph
12. Ollie Devoto
11. Marland Yarde
10. George Ford
9. Danny Care
8. Jack Clifford
7. Matt Kvesic
6. Chris Robshaw
5. Courtney Lawes
4. Joe Launchbury
3. Paul Hill
2. Dylan Hartley ©
1. Matt Mullan

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Six Nations – Smith could offer breakdown expertise

Eddie Jones could call upon one of his former Australian stars, with George Smith in line to help England during the 2016 RBS Six Nations.

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.”

Who will be openside in the Six Nations?

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.

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Six Nations 2016 – Wilkinson offered England role

England head coach has revealed that he has offered England Rugby legend Jonny Wilkinson the chance to join his coaching team for the RBS Six Nations 2016.

Since taking the role in December, Jones has recruited some of the most promising young coaches in Europe in Steve Borthwick and Paul Gustard. Now he wants Wilkinson to join his England revolution after meeting the fly-half in a supermarket.

Jones and Wilkinson were adversaries in 2003 when England famously beat Australia thanks to Wilkinson’s last gasp drop goal. ‘Wilko’ went on to win 91 caps and score over 1,000 points in Test rugby during his stellar career.

He finished his career in the south of France with Toulon winning the European Champions Cup on two occasions. Since his retirement in 2014, the 36-year-old has been working on a part-time basis as a coach with Toulon.

England fans will certainly be excited at the prospect of seeing Wilkinson work with England during the Six Nations.

Jones wants Wilkinson involved in Six Nations

Jones spoke about the meeting with Wilkinson saying: “We would like to get Jonny involved, but he’s quite a private person. We are having chats about it. I saw him down at Waitrose shopping with a beanie over his head. I had coffee with him.”

There is no doubt Wilkinson remains one of the most hardworking and dedicated men in sport, despite his retirement and Jones said “After we had coffee he went and did a kicking session and he doesn’t play anymore. Why was he one of the best in the world? Because he did that. That’s the difference.”

Jones will be hoping the work-ethic and attention to detail that made Wilkinson the world’s best player for many years will rub off the new group of players. In his first Six Nations squad, Jones selected seven uncapped players and he spoke about how Wilkinson and the other coaches could help these players become global stars.

“Our job as coaches is to create that environment where players are encouraged to do that – we can’t tell them to do it. Anywhere in the world the good players tend to rise up and there should be a gap between the really good players and the average players.

“A good player has that little bit extra, and we are talking about two or three per cent extra. He does that little bit of extra analysis, stretches, goes for a swim and takes a bag of balls to kick.”

England face two huge games at Twickenham during the Six Nations 2016. On Saturday 27th February they face defending champions Ireland in a mouth-watering clash. Then on Saturday 12th March they will be looking for revenge against rivals Wales after their World Cup loss.

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