Saturday 17 August 2019

Jones U-turn proof game is getting more like soccer

Newly confirmed England coach Eddie Jones
Newly confirmed England coach Eddie Jones
Tony Ward

Tony Ward

There's no doubt that when it comes to desire for success, the patience of rugby fans stretches no further than the football equivalent.

We may not like admitting it, but the attitudes in the two codes are drawing ever closer.

For example, Eddie Jones is now the England head coach, despite having been a couple of days into a three-year contract with the Stormers.

For the Cape Town-based Stormers, the compensation to be paid by the English RFU will help ease the inconvenience of hunting out a new coach for the Super Rugby season.

It will be interesting to see if Montpellier coach Jake White enters the frame as a possible replacement for Jones (his assistant with the Springbok World Cup-winning squad of 2007).

Just prior to Jones getting the England job, White openly declared his interest in becoming Stuart Lancaster's successor. Imagine being a Montpellier player as your head coach indicates his intention of jumping ship.

What strange times this ever-evolving game is going through.

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