England Players Reveal Eddie Jones’ Interesting Training Methods

Eddie Jones’ methods are certainly working.

England are on the brink of creating history this weekend and it’s truly quite astounding to think the state they were in when Eddie Jones took over.

The Red Rose had just been embarrassingly dumped out of the Rugby World Cup at the pool stages as hosts and had seen Ireland win the 2014 and 2015 RBS Six Nations.

Fast forward 18 months and England are unbeaten in 18 games, equalling the All Blacks record and on course for a second successive Grand Slam. Eddie Jones’ methods are certainly paying dividend.

Daniel Schofield of the Daily Telegraph recently sat down with a number of the players to discuss their training methods and it makes for some very interesting reading.

Lock Joe Launchbury says their session are played at Test match level, with their main goal to focus on working hard in tight areas.

A training session will be catered around the needs of a very demanding Test match. As tight-five and loose forwards, a big thing for us is getting up off the floor. We run distances, yes, but our main thing is getting up and down, working hard in tight areas.

Saracens hooker Jamie George says each session is entirely focused on the opposition at hand.

It is actually all focussed on them. The coaches are very clever in how they tailor the sessions exactly to the threats the opposition pose. It is a very quick session and Eddie is always involved; if something is not quite right he will turn the ball over. It is constantly free-flowing, there is no dead time in the session – that is the key difference from anywhere else I have been, club or in the previous regime. There is constant flow to the session, he is constantly putting us and our skill-set under pressure.

Number eight Nathan Hughes says that someone will be playing the role of Johnny Sexton this week in training so the England players can practice putting pressure on him.

At the start of the week we identify their threats and then during the week we will build it up and go at their threats. For example, if Sexton is one of their threats, one of the boys will play the Sexton role and we will put a lot of pressure on him.

You can read the full piece here. A fascinating insight.

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