After watching the Falcons see off Coventry 46-7 at the weekend, James had the good fortune to be at the after-match event with Eddie Jones – England Rugby Coach.
This was a behind closed doors discussion and intro to his autobiography “My Life and Rugby.”
Note: This isn’t an advert and we’re not affiliated in any way. But we may eventually get him on the podcast! 😉
Some interesting points:
💡 No one has ever beaten the All Blacks in a World Cup and gone on to win the tournament.
💡 He has been an outsider wherever he has coached and decided to use this as an advantage.
💡 He selected an England squad for diversity. Not just players who have come through the ‘right’ schools.
💡 England used a sports psychologist specialising in trauma to air the demons of the 2015 World Cup.
Some amusing highlights:
🏉 “If Jonny Wilkinson hadn’t dropped that goal to win the 2003 World Cup, it would be Sir Eddie Jones not Sir Clive Woodward!”
🏉 His 93-year old Mum points out if he hasn’t shaved on a TV interview and asked why England didn’t win the World Cup!
🏉 He cut a kiwi fruit in half with a Samurai sword in front of the team before the game against NZ.
His Principles for Being a Champion:
🏆 Never settle for less than the best.
🏆 Build great relationships and cohesion between staff and players.
🏆 Build trust – respecting individuality.
🏆 Have tactical clarity.
🏆 Be tough and love competition.
Overall a thoroughly enjoyable evening, so thanks to The Newcastle Falcons for hosting this event.