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Stuart Barnes slams John Mitchell’s England appointment

Former England player turned columnist Stuart Barnes is not impressed with his Eddie Jones’ new defensive coach.

In a scathing column on the appointment of former All Blacks coach John Mitchell, Barnes has voiced his displeasure at England coach’s choice.

“Apart from air miles and experience, it’s hard to see what he brings,” Barnes wrote of Mitchell in his column in the Sunday Times.

“John Mitchell has experience. I’ll give him that. However, there is not much else in his CV to recommend him,


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“There is the small matter of his never having been a defence coach. But we can override that because, as a head coach, he’ll surely have a decent understanding of all the game’s aspects,”

He went on to point out the Mitchell coached Bulls were the second worst team for conceding tries in the recently completed Super Rugby season.

Barnes said it was embarrassing that the Bulls leaked an average of 31 points per game.


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