Jones to learn from British Olympic success

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 12:31
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INTERVIEW: England boss Eddie Jones plans to borrow some ideas from Great Britain's successful Olympians as he sets his sights on leading his team to the top of the world rankings.

Jones and his coaching staff is spending time with their British counterparts in hockey, judo and cycling over the coming weeks in order to learn from the methods that helped underpin the gold rush at Rio 2016.

Team GB finished second in the table after winning a record 67 medals, while England have secured a Grand Slam crown and completed a 3-0 series whitewash of Australia since Jones took charge last December

However, the 56-year-old Australian believes that to overhaul New Zealand as world number one they must improve further.

"We've got to get better. We haven't done anything yet, we're not number one in the world, so we still have a lot to aspire to," Jones said on Tuesday.

"We've been working really hard with our coaching staff on how we can coach better because we didn't coach well enough on tour.

"We need to coach better so our coaching staff has been working very hard investigating other sports.

"With Great Britain doing so well at the Olympics, there are a number of sports to look at and learn from. People have come in and talked to the staff.

"We've got Danny Kerry coming in a week or so. Look at what he's done with his hockey side.

"If you look on face value at the talent in that team compared to the Holland team, it's probably not as great....so his ability to create such a dynamic and hard working team is fascinating, so we'll learn a lot from him.

"We're going to visit judo in a couple of weeks. We've had conversations with the cycling.

"Our motivation is just to get better. We want to be the number one team in the world. New Zealand are head of the pack at the moment but they're beatable, they have flaws in their game."

Agence France-Presse