Aussie joins England staff as head of high performance - Ruck

Aussie joins England staff as head of high performance

Neil Craig has joined Eddie Jones’ staff as head of high performance for the England senior team.

As a consultant for England Rugby, Craig will primarily focus on the development of player leadership as well as the development of England’s coaches.

The 61-year-old recently left his role at the Australian Football League club Carlton where he worked as their Director of Coaching, Development and Performance. The Australian has played and worked in the sport for over four decades.

Speaking of his appointment, Jones said he was one of a number of “different people” coming in to work with the squad.

“Sherylle Calder will be in next week to work on the eye vision, we’ve got Jason Ryles coming in who was with us last November to work with Paul Gustard in terms of the defence,” said Jones.

“Marc dal Maso is going to do a bit in terms of scrumagging and assist Hats (Neal Hatley) in that area.

“And we’ve got Neil Craig who’s an ex-AFL coach coming in as a consultant for highest performance to look how we operate and see how we can improve.”

He added: “We’re being quite progressive in that area I think.

“We want the environment to be the best in the world and to do that we continually have to bring in people who have got more knowledge than we’ve got.”

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