Eddie Jones’ quest to give England head space is backed to succeed

The co-founder of a company working with Gloucester and Arsenal believes the coach’s enlisting of a team psychologist is wise

England’s collapse against Scotland at the end of the Six Nations prompted Eddie Jones to hire a psychologist to help tackle his squad’s apparent inability to handle pressure. The head coach was mocked by some former players but the co-founder of the digital health company Headspace believes Jones’s move is a significant step in getting the mental welfare of players treated as seriously as their physical wellbeing.

“It was a really bold call by Eddie Jones and, as an England fan, it really pleased me,” says Andy Puddicombe, who grew up supporting Bath and spent 10 years studying meditation and becoming a Buddhist monk. In 2010he then helped launch Headspace, which works with basketball and American football franchises in the United States.

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