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Category: Eddie Jones

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‘Preparation is everything’: the real Eddie Jones’s hard road to Japan

In helping England’s coach write his autobiography Donald McRae has gained a unique insight into the uncompromising AustralianThree years ago Eddie Jones surprised me for the first of many times. We met to discuss how we would work together on a book w…

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Eddie Jones keen to capitalise on local knowledge at Rugby World Cup

England fine-tuning for in humid conditionsJones: ‘Everyone is ready to start work now’Eddie Jones believes Japan’s sweltering conditions will give England the edge over their World Cup rivals as he seeks to take advantage of his inside knowledge of th…

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‘I would have had to turn water into wine’ to sway Jones, says Cipriani

• Fly-half had ‘no expectation’ of going to World Cup with England• ‘Eddie is a very strong character and is not going to be swayed’England’s ousted fly-half Danny Cipriani says it would have taken a miracle for Eddie Jones to pick him in his 31-man sq…

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Typhoon leaves England stranded at airport amid World Cup travel chaos

Squad delayed for five hours at Tokyo international airport‘We are excited to arrive in Japan,’ says head coach Eddie JonesEngland’s World Cup quest got off to an inauspicious start amid the chaotic fallout from Typhoon Faxai, with the squad stranded a…

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Eddie Jones tells England players a World Cup win brings rich rewards | Gerard Meagher

Coach says tournament victory would make history and earn England players ‘personal happiness’ as well as ‘financial benefits’England fly to Japan on Sunday under clear instructions from Eddie Jones to change the “whole course of history” by lifting th…

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England lose nothing but gain little with final warm-up in Newcastle

Eddie Jones made early tweaks before England thrashed Italy 37-0 at St James’ Park in their last action before the World CupThey say to always leave them wanting more and there can be little doubt England managed that. This was a first home Test agains…

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Eddie Jones risks big hitters as Joe Marler targets World Cup redemption

• Billy Vunipola, Owen Farrell and Ben Youngs all face Italy• Marler says team can emulate England’s cricketersFew people, not least several of the players involved, would have accurately predicted England’s lineup for their final World Cup warm-up gam…

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Japan’s famous Rugby World Cup win is coming to a screen near you | Robert Kitson

Films about Brave Blossoms and the story of Dan Carter plus a play about Bill McLaren make perfect curtain-raisersFor years it was widely assumed rugby would not translate easily to stage and screen. With the odd exception – Up ’n’ Under, Stand Up and …

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Chris Robshaw: ‘When Eddie Jones calls you it’s normally not good news’ | Donald McRae

England’s former captain tells of his World Cup heartbreak, his love for Harlequins, and a new career when his playing days end“I was down because it felt like the end,” Chris Robshaw says as he faces the truth that he has probably played his last game…

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England’s chariot running like a dream heading into the World Cup

Eddie Jones is determined to avoid complacency but the team’s destruction of Ireland bodes well for their chances in JapanThey love a bit of karaoke in Japan and England’s supporters were in full advance cry in the West Stand on a warm Saturday evening…

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Eddie Jones picks ‘Kamikaze Kids’ Curry and Underhill to face Ireland

• England coach pairs Curry and Underhill together for first time• Jones also selects Ford, Farrell and Tuilagi in midfieldEddie Jones had been in his job a matter of months when he called a meeting at the Rugby Football Union and announced “I can’t se…

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Eddie Jones’s England have cause for optimism in world of tight margins | Robert Kitson

The world’s top sides are so evenly matched a referee’s whim or the bounce of the ball can settle a match’s outcomeTwo warm-up games down, two to go for England on the long, meandering road to Japan. If their two August warm-up games against Wales have…

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All Blacks’ poor form no pointer to World Cup prospects, says Eddie Jones

• England coach believes New Zealand holding themselves back• Jones: ‘Last thing you want is to be flying before World Cup’Eddie Jones believes New Zealand have been holding themselves back for the World Cup. The All Blacks finished third in the Rugby …

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England’s undercooked flanks give Eddie Jones food for thought | Michael Aylwin

Disjointed display against Wales offered positives but did little to vindicate decision to name the World Cup squad earlyAll part of the plan? Who can second-guess the workings of Eddie Jones’s mind but certainly, if last weekend England produced one o…

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Diverse World Cup squad can change perception of rugby union in England | Ugo Monye

More than a third of the squad are from BAME backgrounds – I’m incredibly proud that it is a reflection of modern societyWhenever a World Cup squad is announced it elicits a lot of emotions. Joy, for those that have been picked, anger for those that ha…

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Eddie Jones ditches the England old guard for an injection of new blood | Robert Kitson

The coach has chosen an unexpected 31 for the World Cup with a host of experienced players falling by the waysideIs World Cup selection an art or a science? Sitting in a school language classroom on the outskirts of Bristol, Eddie Jones pondered the qu…

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Eddie Jones ditches the England old guard for an injection of new blood | Robert Kitson

The coach has chosen an unexpected 31 for the World Cup with a host of experienced players falling by the waysideIs World Cup selection an art or a science? Sitting in a school language classroom on the outskirts of Bristol, Eddie Jones pondered the qu…

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‘It’s respectful’: Eddie Jones refuses to explain England’s World Cup squad omissions – video

England head coach Eddie Jones refused to discuss the reasons behind the omission of Ben Te’o from the 31-man squad named for the Rugby World Cup.The 32-year-old centre was overlooked in favour of Northampton’s Piers Francis, two weeks after being invo…

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England Rugby World Cup squad announcement – live!

News and reaction to Eddie Jones’s 1pm BST announcementAttacking edge is sharp but defence remains a concernEmail Stuart, tweet or add your thoughts below the line 1.02pm BST England’s official Rugby World Cup squadForwardsDan Cole (Leicester, 86 caps)…

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Eddie Jones warns erratic use of red cards could ‘destroy’ World Cup

• England coach points to Bledisloe Cup sending-off• Jones also refers to two incidents involving Wales playersEddie Jones has warned that the forthcoming World Cup in Japan could be “destroyed” by inconsistent refereeing, in an unprovoked rant at Worl…