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Jones wants English coaches in Super Rugby


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England head coach Eddie Jones has called on the Rugby Football Union (RFU) to pay for English coaches to work for Super Rugby franchises.

Former Brumbies and Reds Super Rugby coach Jones says that English Rugby can learn a lot from countries like New Zealand who have five Super Rugby teams.

New Zealand have won back to back World Cups and both of the coaches – former Wales bosses Graham Henry and Steve Hansen – who led them to victory spent time coaching abroad.

“English coaches need to get that other bit of the game which is there in the southern hemisphere,” he told PA Sport.

“It would cost money, but the RFU could do it,” added Jones.

Jones says that New Zealand “control the world” and “every bit of rugby” and this is partly due to the successful way in which they have sent coaches to Europe to get a different perspective on the game.

England coach Jones says that English Rugby would benefit from having coaches spending time abroad but he adds that the RFU would probably need to pay for the coaches to get the experience.

“The only way a Super Rugby side is going to take them is (for the RFU) to pay for their salary,” he explained.

“Steve Hansen and Graham Henry had stints in Wales where they rounded off their coaching experience, and it’s no coincidence that New Zealand have become a better all-round team because of that.

“They take the good parts of the game up here – the expertise in the set-piece – and take it back to the southern hemisphere.”

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  1. Mark

    19th September 2016 at 8:55 am

    Why would NZ rugby and the super teams even consider doing this? England have more money and players than anyone else and should be able to sort themselves out. Stick it Eddie.

  2. Kenny

    22nd September 2016 at 12:19 pm

    Why does he even suggest this after stating that Super Rugby puts him to sleep, he should go back to sleep.

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