"Not hungry" - Ollie Lawrence the latest England star to receive stinging criticism from Eddie Jones - Ruck

“Not hungry” – Ollie Lawrence the latest England star to receive stinging criticism from Eddie Jones

 England international Ollie Lawrence is the latest target of personal criticism in Eddie Jones’s latest book.

In his new book Leadership, the England boss made it perfectly clear that he was far than impressed by the 22-year-old’s performances on the pitch and away from it.

The Aussie said in his new book: “He’s [Lawrence] still a kid, only 21, but the way that some of the media raves about him you would think he’s already assured of becoming one of the best players in the world.

“He might do that, one day, but his attitude was not hungry or disciplined enough.”

Worcester Warriors boss Jonathan Thomas has since defended the attitude of the centre.

Extracts from Leadership: Lessons from my life in rugby by Eddie Jones with Donald McRae (Macmillan, £20.00) © Eddie Jones/Ensemble Rugby Limited 2021. Buy now for £16.99 at books.telegraph.co.uk or call 0844 871 1514


#1. Maro Itoje

Jones wrote: “There were lots of calls for him to be named as captain of the British and Irish Lions in South Africa in 2021. Alun Wyn Jones rightly got the job instead. That seemed sensible to me. I might be wrong, but I am not sure Maro is a future England captain. He is going to be one of the great players, but Maro is very inward looking.

“We’ve sent Maro to acting classes, which is having a beneficial effect. He speaks more influentially now, and I am hopeful he can develop more communication and leadership skills.”

Maro Itoje of England during the Autumn Nations Match between England and Tonga at Twickenham Stoop on 6 November 2021. Photo: Tom Sandberg/PPAUK


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