News Article: Can England come back stronger for the 2016 Six Nations

News Article

21 December 2015Can England come back stronger for the 2016 Six NationsAuthor: Sam Walker

Let’s start with new appointment Eddie Jones, who has signed a 4 year deal as Head Coach of England Rugby following the disastrous World Cup campaign.

The 55 year old is the first foreign Head Coach employed by England [arguably about time too], most recently guiding Japan to a historic 34-32 defeat against South Africa which shocked the rugby fraternity at the World Cup.

His first match in charge will be on 6th February 2016 when England take on Scotland in the Six Nations. In the meantime he will need to make a number of key decisions on and off the field.

His initial shake up has been with the coaching staff – Andy Farrell, Graham Rowntree and Mike Catt have been relieved of their duties, and the RFU have pencilled in Steve Borthwick and Paul Gustard as support staff, and rumours are afoot that Alex King from Northampton Saints may also be on the cards to join the set-up.

Another crucial decision will be to decide who will Captain the team for the Six Nations – will Robshaw remain as the lead man?

The much talked about short list is narrowing down in public at least to Dylan Hartley and Joe Launchbury, though whoever he selects will surely be the most important decision of his tenure as it will set the tone on the field.

With 7 weeks to go until the 16:50 kick off at Murrayfield, we will be following Jones’ decisions with interest in the hope England will have successful campaign in early 2016 and that memories of RWC15 are banished for good.


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