Wednesday 21 August 2019

Five things you may not have known about new England boss Eddie Jones

Eddie Jones
Eddie Jones

Eddie Jones has been appointed as England's first overseas head coach. Here is a look at five lesser-known things about the 55-year-old Australian.

1 Jones' old school

Jones attended Matraville High School in the south-eastern Sydney suburb of Chifley His fellow former pupils include Bob Carr, who was New South Wales Premier between 1995 and 2005, in addition to the international rugby-playing Ella brothers - Mark, Glen and Gary.

2 Ace of clubs

Jones played as a hooker for Sydney-based rugby club Randwick, who are nicknamed the Galloping Greens. The club can display an illustrious roll of honour, with Australia international stars who passed through their ranks including Ken Catchpole, David Campese, George Gregan, Matt Giteau and Kurtley Beale.

3 Coaching globetrotter

Jones' 21-year coaching career has seen him work in four different countries - Australia, England, Japan and South Africa - holding head coach's roles with the Wallabies, Japan and now England, while other ports of call include Tokai University in Tokyo, the Canberra-based Brumbies, Queensland Reds and Saracens.

4 Red Rose thorn

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Jones coached Australia in 57 Test matches, which included Tri-Nations title success and reaching the 2003 World Cup final, and his lowest win-ratio was against England. The Wallabies lost five times to England from seven starts under Jones - a 29 per cent success rate - compared to 33 per cent (South Africa) and 45 per cent (New Zealand).

5 Pep talk

Jones has always been a fan of tapping into other sports for knowledge and advice, and preparations for Japan's successful 2015 Rugby World Cup campaign proved no exception. Jones spent time with Bayern Munich boss and former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola, and he said: "He is the best soccer coach in the world, and you always want to learn from the best."

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