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Ask Eddie Jones... Answers Posted over 3 years ago

Eddie Jones answers your questions…

Brett McLean – Canada
“Hi Eddie, In your opinion, is under-17s too early to introduce more than one defensive alignment? If not, how would you introduce the decision-making process of when to run a blitz or a push defense? What visual cues would you give the youngsters? Thanks”

Chris Sweetapple – England
“How would you change the scrum laws to produce a safe, and contested quick restart, that is simple to ref and quick to conclude?”

Darren Ormsby – Australia
“Why is there a lack of basic ball skills in Australian Rugby and why is kicking the ball back to the opposition the first thought that comes to mind with all back 3 players in all the Australian Franchises. Do they not know how to counter attack?”

David Parker – Argentina
“With Pocock injured, would you pick Hooper or Gill at flanker. Also do you think George Smith will feature in the Lions series?”

Jack Bukowski – USA
“Hi Eddie, I know a game plan is necessary, but in your opinion should the attack be scripted as to where you are on the pitch. Both off of set pieces and in the loose or do you just try to teach players to read the defense throughout the match.”

John Comyn – South Africa
“The Brumbies are looking awesome so far. Do you think they are playing a similar brand as the side you coached in the early 2000’s? It’s a big pack with excellent ball skills. Do they have the depth to go all the way this year?”

Luis Cavaco – Portugal
“Hi Eddie What in your view should the first defensive player arriving at the tackle area should do? Should he jackle for the ball, should he boss the space? Thanks”

Quinton Ho – Australia
“Hi Eddie. Do you believe in the concept of “earning the right to go wide” first? Some teams do not bother to get to or over the gain line in the first 2 phases of play but will somehow manage to find space later. Thank you for the opportunity to tap into your rugby coaching knowledge."

Simon Jervis
“What do you consider to be the most important area of the game in the current climate and what would be your philosophy surrounding this area?”

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Eddie Jones has had an extensive coaching career holding roles with teams including the Brumbies, Reds, Saracens, Australia, South Africa and most recently Suntory. Following on from successfully leading the ACT Brumbies to their first Super 12 title in 2001 Jones took charge of the Wallabies for the 2003 World Cup on home soil, and fell at the final hurdle as his side were defeated in extra time of the final by Clive Woodward's England. He continued on as coach until 2005, when his contract was terminated following a wretched run of results. From here Jones had a stint in an advisory capacity with English side Saracens and in 2007 was then appointed Queensland Reds coach. He then turned his back on coaching Australia again when he signed in an advisory role with South Africa working closely with head coach Jake White, securing the 2007 World Cup. After the World Cup Jones took up a full time position back at Saracens as director of rugby but left in 2009 for a role with Japanese side Suntory. Jones remains in Japan and is now head coach of the Japanese national side.

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