Ever since after Jonny Wilkinson, there has been no other player capable of meeting that World Class status at England, Eddie Jones, England’s coach believes. However, he hopes that this could change very soon.
Jones believes that a number of players in his current squad may soon reach that heralded status.
England who had been on an 11 game winning streak since the takeover of Jones as coach, faced Argentine, defeating their opponents at the Twickenham last Saturday, and thus extending their winning streak to 13 games.
Owen Farrell, Billy Vunipola and George Ford, who had all started in the game against Pumas had played some sensational game and were pushing hard to be included in a global XV.
Jones, while speaking before the game against the Pumas had said,
“If you look at the record of English rugby since 2003, there’s only been one world-class player produced and that’s Jonny Wilkinson,”
He also added that a number of his players were on the move towards the world class area. More »
For those who have been fans of Jonny Wilkinson would probably remember the good days when he played on the field.
Many feel that he would surely make a great comeback as a coach or to be part of the coaching team of England. Eddie Jones might be able to make use of his talents and experience. However, club level playing is something that Jonny Wilkinson needs to build upon. It would certainly help him substantiate his talents and experience if he wishes to get on the coaching team of England.
The matter was being discussed as the Six Nations campaign was coming up on February 6th. Wilkinson was being talked about assisting the country’s squad. The forthcoming championship stressed the need to have someone as capable as Jonny to aid Eddie. It is also not to be missed that the final years that Wilkinson spent at Toulon he was a player coach for the team. There was an encounter between Wilkinson and Eddie at Waitrose which might be called as a chance encounter or not so much by others who think that the meeting was planned. More »