Eddie Jones praises Gareth Southgate and admits to borrowing his ideas

Eddie Jones has revealed how he has borrowed from Gareth Southgate’s coaching manual after saluting his opposite number for guiding England’s men into a major football tournament final for the first time in 55 years.

Jones has regularly met Southgate – both have welcomed the other into their England camps – and the pair are part of a global brains trust, which also includes Arsène Wenger as well as NFL representatives, to discuss how best to manage elite sporting organisations during the pandemic. Southgate’s willingness to borrow from Jones has been demonstrated during Euro 2020 with the term “finishers” – designed to empower substitutes – employed within his camp.

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England squad vs Canada


England XV starters

15. Freddie Steward (Leicester Tigers, 1 cap)

14. Joe Cokanasiga (Bath Rugby, 10 caps)

13. Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs, 39 caps)

12. Dan Kelly (Leicester Tigers, uncapped)

11. Adam Radwan (Newcastle Falcons, uncapped)

10. Marcus Smith (Harlequins, 1 cap)

9. Harry Randall (Bristol Bears, 1 cap)

1. Ellis Genge (Leicester Tigers, 29 caps)

2. Jamie Blamire (Newcastle Falcons, 1 cap)

3. Joe Heyes (Leicester Tigers, 1 cap)

4. Harry Wells (Leicester Tigers, uncapped)

5. Charlie Ewels (Bath Rugby, 22 caps)

6. Lewis Ludlow (C) (Gloucester Rugby, 1 cap)

7. Sam Underhill (Bath Rugby, 23 caps)

8. Alex Dombrandt (Harlequins, uncapped)


16. Curtis Langdon (Sale Sharks, 1 cap)

17. Beno Obano (Bath Rugby, 2 caps)

18. Paul Hill (Northampton Saints, 5 caps)

19. Callum Chick (Newcastle Falcons, 1 cap)

20. Lewis Ludlam (Northampton Saints, 9 caps)

21. Dan Robson (Wasps, 13 caps)

22. George Furbank (Northampton Saints, 3 caps)

23. Joe Marchant (Harlequins, 5 caps)

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And Jones, who led England to the Rugby World Cup final in 2019, their first major final in 16 years, has revealed that he too has implemented some of Southgate’s methods. “We saw their recovery where they are all on the unicorns. We just had a recovery session out here with a Canadian theme, so we had axe throwing and chopping down trees, and doing all sorts like that,” said Jones.

“So those ideas that you get from other coaches, you just try to grow them yourself. And certainly there’s nothing specific that I can say but some of the ideas that Gareth has you then take on yourself. You’ve got to be, as Pep [Guardiola] says, an idea thief, and then it becomes your idea.

Eddie Jones has praised Gareth Southgate for being mature beyond his years.
Eddie Jones has praised Gareth Southgate for being mature beyond his years. Photograph: Alex Davidson – RFU/The RFU Collection/Getty Images

“Gareth’s a humble, curious, very well-educated coach. The thing that impresses me for a young coach, he carries himself with a lot more experience. We all watched [the semi-final] with a lot of interest, intense supporting. The English have the right to go nuts. It does seem as though in England, sport does tend to galvanise quite a diverse community into supporting one thing, and that’s probably the standout bit of what I see.”

Jones has also been taken by the narrative of Southgate’s redemption, 25 years on from missing the decisive penalty against Germany in the Euro 96 semi-final. “Well, that’s the reason we’re involved,” he added. “Because there’s always another chance, there’s always another opportunity. It’s the drug of the coaching and the drug of the sport that makes you want to be involved with it. It just makes you feel good about sport. They keep showing that penalty choke of Gareth, don’t they, and now they’ve got other shots of him, which is fantastic.”

Jones has handed out another four new caps for Saturday’s match against Canada with Alex Dombrandt given a debut at No 8 after another stellar season with Harlequins. “We haven’t seen the best of Alex yet,” said Jones. “We might not for another couple of years but if he keeps that desire to want to keep improving, take the hard knocks and learn from it there is no limit on where he can go as a player because he’s got some special skills.”

source: theguardian.com