Sir Clive Woodward has hailed England's "extremely talented squad" ahead of their Rugby World Cup opener in Japan. But the 2003 Rugby World Cup-winning coach has warned players not to get ahead of themselves in the pool stage. The Rugby World Cup got under way on Friday with hosts Japan comfortably beating Russia 30-10 at the Tokyo Stadium. Eddie Jones' men begin their World Cup campaign against Tonga on Sunday morning, where they are favourites in Pool C. And Woodward knows England must get past the pool stage before thinking too far ahead. Woodward told the Daily Mail: "England have the quality and strength in depth to win this World Cup. I have no problem with them saying that, but they must not get ahead of themselves. "England's total focus over the next three weeks must be the pool games and the initial challenge is those opening two in five days against Tonga and USA. "I don't want to see England easing into the tournament. "I want them to hit the ground running and to use their … [Read more...] about Sir Clive Woodward sends warning to England ahead of Rugby World Cup opener
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SAY what you like about Eddie Jones but when he puts a date in his diary, it is written in red letters and underlined in triplicate. On the day he was unveiled as England’s head coach almost four years ago, the visionary Aussie announced his new team would be crowned world champions in Yokohama at around 8pm local time on November 2, 2019. Today, Jones — destiny’s child — fully expects to embrace that momentous fate. Yet the path to glory left a trail of destruction, thanks to this devilish Tasmanian’s relentless pursuit of perfection. Jones has capped a staggering 129 PLAYERS since his first match against Scotland in February 2016 and his backroom staff has been through several significant changes, too. His obsessive, exhausting methods owe much to chaos theory. Yet here we are with England facing South Africa as clear favourites in today’s World Cup final — proving method in his apparent madness.Jones is a restless man. Half-Japanese, he … [Read more...] about Rugby World Cup: Eddie Jones predicted England would be crowned world champions in Yokohama on day he was appointed
HEARTBROKEN Dylan Hartley admits missing out on England’s Rugby World Cup squad feels like DYING! The Northampton Saints star was not selected for Eddie Jones’ 31-man squad which flew to Japan this week due to an ongoing left-knee injury. In his first interview this year, the ex-England captain revealed his anguish at not making the sport’s biggest tournament. Hartley said: “When the World Cup squad was announced, it was almost like I’d died. “Friends were getting in touch and seeing if I was OK. But I’ve actually had time to prepare for how that was going to go. “I tried a very aggressive approach with my knee, because I was given deadlines to meet.“The approach didn’t work. I ended up in a worse position for trying to come back too early. “Ever since that happened, I knew I wasn’t going to make the deadline. “It was around the start of the camps in July. I tried getting back for that and put myself in a … [Read more...] about Rugby World Cup: Heartbroken Dylan Hartley admits he ‘almost died’ after being left out of England squad
ENGLAND are on the verge of a second Rugby World Cup success as they prepare to face South Africa in Saturday's final. Often with major sporting successes, like the 2012 Olympic gold medallists, honours are handed out to further celebrate their achievements - but can Eddie Jones receive one as he is not English? Can Eddie Jones be knighted? Sir Clive Woodward received a knighthood upon winning the 2003 Rugby World Cup, and so Eddie Jones could expect to be awarded one should he guide the current England crop to victory against South Africa. But Jones has one stumbling block - he is not English. Thankfully for Jones, he is eligible for full honours because his home nation Australia remains a part of the Commonwealth. The England coach is able to receive a knighthood in his own country, which are often presented on Australia Day (January 26) or in the Queen's Birthday Honours.These will not carry the British styled prefix of Sir - but he can still become Sir Eddie Jones. Should he … [Read more...] about Can Eddie Jones be knighted, will England Rugby World Cup players be honoured, and what happened to 2003 winning side?
EDDIE JONES will be taking his England side into their first Rugby World Cup final in 12 years as they face South Africa. His side inflicted a sensational win over New Zealand in the semi-final and he will know more of the same is required against the Springboks. Where was Eddie Jones born? The England coach was born in Tasmania, Australia in January 1960 to an Australian father and Japanese-American mother. Prior to his coaching career he had an average time as player where between 1987-1989 he performed 12 times as hooker for New South Wales - despite not being capped for Australia he did feature against the British and Irish Lions in 1989. Following this brief stint, like that of Joe Schmidt and even his predecessor Graham Henry, Jones started off as a teacher, before going into coaching. After starting his career at Japan as the assistant coach he began to make a name for himself with the Brumbies where he coached them to their first title in 2001.With the success at the Brumbies, … [Read more...] about Where was Eddie Jones born and which teams has England Rugby World Cup head coach coached before?