Who is running the RFU and what would Eddie Jones have to do to lose its religion? The key questions answered

This is Sweeney, nearly precisely a year in the past when he final addressed the media, difficult the notion that Jones has an excessive amount of energy. “I would say that is wrong,” Sweeney mentioned. “I would look them straight in the eye and say that is absolutely not the case. I know some people feel that is the perception, but he doesn’t have power and influence within Twickenham.”

Actions, nonetheless, communicate louder than phrases. In the similar briefing, Sweeney promised a “brutally honest” debrief of that year’s fifth-place end. When the debrief arrived, not a phrase of criticism was levelled at Jones or his teaching crew. Instead, blame for England’s underperformance was laid at the door of Covid and the Premiership golf equipment. 

Then Jones was allowed to go and coach All Blacks gamers in Japan and write a e book about, satirically, management, which criticised his personal gamers. Imagine the response if Gareth Southgate began teaching Paul Pogba and then slagged off Harry Kane? And now Jones once more escapes any censure for a match through which England solely simply squeezed previous Wales and beat Italy.

It might be fascinating to see in the coming days and weeks whether or not Sweeney is ready to stand by his assertion that Jones has no “power and influence within Twickenham”. Only he is aware of the actual dynamic in the relationship however all outward proof means that it is the tail which is wagging the canine.

What is Conor O’Shea’s position?

The former Harlequins director of rugby is chargeable for “the leadership, management and strategic direction of professional rugby in England”, in accordance to his job description as the RFU’s director of efficiency rugby. In most different set-ups, Jones would report immediately to O’Shea. For instance, Andy Farrell, the Ireland head coach, experiences to David Nucifora, the Irish Rugby Football Union High Performance Director, who has a really hands-on position throughout all elements of the Ireland senior males’s crew. 

O’Shea, against this, is stored at arm’s size when he is not internet hosting Jones’ podcast. “They are the boss, they select, everyone knows it,” O’Shea mentioned. “If you impose then you set yourself up to emasculate your head coach.”

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