England-bound coach Felix Jones has revealed the important thing to beating South Africa lower than 24 hours after successful his second Rugby World Cup with the Springboks. Jones, a former Eire worldwide, is becoming a member of Steve Borthwick’s backroom crew forward of the Six Nations with Kevin Sinfield anticipated to depart.
He signed off with the Springboks in type as they edged out New Zealand by a single level to win the Rugby World Cup, 4 years on from their earlier triumph in Japan. England will now expect Jones to assist them change into a crew able to successful the best prize in rugby earlier than the subsequent version of the event in 2027.
The 36-year-old revealed the key to South Africa’s success after the ultimate whistle, with their rivals solely in a position to dethrone them by tapping into an analogous successful philosophy.
“With South Africa, it’s not simply the title,” mentioned Jones. “It’s larger than that. There’s one thing larger they’re taking part in for that I can not articulate. Each crew has a soul or a DNA, a mode or a manner of taking part in. Each nation and each nation has one thing. The purpose is discovering out learn how to make that extra tangible. One of the best groups faucet into that.”
South Africa’s taking part in type has lengthy been centred round their physicality, which was on full show over the course of their Rugby World Cup marketing campaign. They made a complete of 974 tackles, greater than another crew, with their 201 tackles within the remaining alone trumping New Zealand’s tally of simply 91.
It stays to be seen if Jones will be capable of assist England faucet into their full potential when he begins work forward of subsequent 12 months’s Six Nations. He stays extremely regarded by South Africa’s present group of gamers, with Willie le Roux singing his praises earlier than kicking 12 factors to assist the Springboks to Rugby World Cup glory.
“I don’t assume I’ve ever seen him with out his laptop computer! It’s the way in which he works, how he talks to us, how he’s concerned,” Le Roux informed the Irish Occasions. “He helps us with our assault, our strike strikes, the backs. He’s an unbelievable coach. It’s a privilege to work with him. I feel the Springboks are actually going to overlook him, I’m simply lucky to have labored with him.”
Again row Kwagga Smith additionally described Jones as an ‘wonderful particular person and coach’ whereas highlighting the analytical genius he has delivered to the Springboks camp throughout his time there.
“He spends hours and hours on footage going by means of stuff,” added Smith. “All of us as Springboks are higher gamers due to him.”