Eddie Jones to help Team GB at Olympics

Eddie Jones to help Team GB at Olympics

  • GB Olympic chiefs have asked Eddie Jones for help to prepare for the 2020 Games
  • The England chief guided England to a record-equalling 14 Test wins in a row
  • His side will be competing at the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan
England’s rugby union team and Team GB are in talks about sharing know-how and training bases in their twin attempts to triumph in Tokyo.

Team GB chief executive Bill Sweeney invited England coach Eddie Jones to the British Olympic Association’s London headquarters on Monday to discuss ways the two teams could help each other for the 2019 Rugby World Cup and 2020 Olympics.

“We’re seeking his advice for a number of reasons,” said British Olympic Association chairman Sir Hugh Robertson.

“Firstly, he’s an extraordinarily successful coach. Secondly, he’s going to Japan before us because the Rugby World Cup is there in 2019.

“And thirdly, because it’s a country he knows extraordinarily well,” Robertson told the BBC’s sports editor Dan Roan.

“His experience as a coach, as a coach here in England and as a coach in Japan and someone who knows the country very well, will be invaluable to us as we seek a performance advantage going to Tokyo.”

Australian Jones replaced Stuart Lancaster following a dismal showing at the 2015 World Cup campaign in which England became the hosts ever to be dumped out of the tournament in the group stages.

Since then, England have matched the record of 14 successive wins set by Sir Clive Woodward’s side in the run-up to their 2003 World Cup triumph.

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