Monday 18 November 2019

I was thrilled to see Felix Jones and all former Reds succeed Japan

Felix Jones. Photo: Sportsfile
Felix Jones. Photo: Sportsfile

In no way could you begrudge Rassie Erasmus and his South African team that victory. How they went about their job was very impressive, but away from rugby this will do so much for their country.

It looks like the celebrations are taking off in South Africa this week, and a big congratulations to all the Munster connections in the camp.

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But above I was thrilled to see Felix Jones succeed. Everyone always talks about what a brilliant coach he is going to be, and after recent weeks his stock has certainly risen. There will be lots of teams clamouring to get him now.

His job was to break down their opposition's game plan and educate the players about his discoveries. He got to pick holes in teams and as a player that's the information you crave. That knowledge allows you to play your own game with freedom.

I did a good bit of work with Felix a few years back when I was looking to improve my play at full-back. I met him a few times and he was always really generous with his time.

After a quick text one day we arranged to meet and, off his own bat, he had put together loads of attack and defence clips for me to work on. We did three or four sessions together and he showed me the vital skills that you need to play the position. At that stage he was still playing, so to be that interested and to give me that much help was phenomenal.

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