Eddie Jones, the head coach of the England national rugby, wants England World Cup winner Jonny Wilkinson to be a part of his coaching squad after he met him in the supermarket. However, Jonny is yet to receive that invitation.
Wilkinson won ninety-one caps for the national team. He is England’s leading points scorer and is one of only five men to score one-thousand points in international rugby union, with his total of 1246 second only to Dan Carter of New Zealand. In the 2003 World Cup final, Wilkinson’s late drop-goal managed to secure a win over England.
Eddie Jones recently stated that he would like Jonny to be a part of the team. They are talking about it, but he is quite a private person. Jones stated that he saw him at Waitrose shopping with a beanie over his head, and had coffee with him, and is hopeful they can work something out.
Meanwhile Eddie has also appointed Steve Borthwick and Paul Gustard as forwards and defense coach respectively, which make for exciting appointments ahead of the 6 Nations, which might mean the last of the tickets for England’s matches at Twickenham get snapped up pretty fast – click here if you check the latest availability!
Jones, who succeeded Stuart Lancaster after England’s early exit from World Cup 2015, added that after that had coffee, he had kicking session, and he does not play anymore.
The 55 year old also stated that last November he met Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola and got some ideas. He told that that the former Barca coach is a huge rugby fan. He studied rugby and European handball to look at how you move the ball into space. They talked as how to move the football into space, because in rugby, once you get away from the set-piece, it is like football.