Eddie Jones planning position switch for recalled Jack Nowell - Ruck

Eddie Jones planning position switch for recalled Jack Nowell

England boss Eddie Jones has praised Jack Nowell for the way he had finessed himself to become more robust for rugby the older he is getting.

Nowell, who quit alcohol for good in a bid to earn a recall, has been in stellar from for Exeter Chiefs in 2022.

Reports suggest that with Manu Tuilagi ruled out, the England boss wants to try the 28-year-old out in the centre during their training camp.

“Jack definitely looks more like a rugby player and less like a bodybuilder,” said Jones when quizzed on the Cornishman’s recall.

“As you get older, you have to train differently. For our experienced players, that’s the challenge they have had.

“Sometimes habits of young players don’t suit you as you get older and Jack has made a really good adjustment. He’s got the bounce back in his step. 

Speaking on The Good, The Bad and The Rugby, Nowell revealed he’d be interested in changing position: “I would like to change position one day as I get older.’

The winger, who has played a little bit at outside-centre, added: “Some wingers nowadays are so quick you know,.

“I’ll always back myself to do a job, but obviously the bigger and older you get I’d be really keen to give centre another good go.”


Five things you didn’t know about Jack Nowell

#1. Work outside rugby

The England and Exeter Chiefs winger is the co-owner of The Swordfish Inn back in his hometown of Cornwall. Sitting on the harbourfront, the pub has been a favourite of local fishermen, artists and visitors alike for as long as anyone cares to remember and is well-known for its rugged charm and atmosphere.

“I remember being down there as a kid with my dad and I just remember it being so rammed and seeing everyone like a family,” says Nowell.

“When I got old enough and started drinking, it got a bit quiet and fizzled out a bit, and I was then in a position where I could afford to buy it, so me and Mark and Nick George bought it together. They’re two guys that run pubs down in Cornwall and they’re very, very good at what they do, so I mentioned (my plans) to them one day and they were really keen to do it with me. I’m trying to build it slowly into what it used to be like.”

He is also a director of MUSTARD Clothing.