Jones to use Aus­tralian coach Stuart for likely Wal­la­bies tie

Dual in­ter­na­tional set to join Eng­land’s camp Squad back in train­ing for quar­ter-fi­nal clash

The Daily Telegraph - Sport - - Total Rugby - By Gavin Mairs RUGBY NEWS CORRESPOND­ENT in Miyazaki

Eng­land will seek to gain a psy­cho­log­i­cal edge in the build-up to next week­end’s quar­ter-fi­nal, which is ex­pected to be against Aus­tralia in Oita, by bring­ing in renowned rugby league coach and former player Ricky Stuart to work with Ed­die Jones’ squad.

It is un­der­stood that Jones ar­ranged for Stuart, a dual in­ter­na­tional who played 11 Tests for the Aus­tralia rugby league team and three tour matches for his coun­try’s rugby union side, to fly in from Syd­ney if Eng­land reached the last eight of the World Cup.

Stuart, the head coach of Can­berra Raiders, will ex­change ideas with Jones, who has es­tab­lished strong links with sev­eral Aus­tralian rugby league sides, and the sig­nif­i­cance of his in­volve­ment in the build-up to the game will not be lost on Michael Cheika, the Wal­la­bies head coach.

“It’s for me to be­come bet­ter for my play­ers,” Stuart told The Aus­tralian Daily Tele­graph. “It’s re­ally their mo­ment. It is some­thing that’s been in the plan­ning for a cou­ple of months. I know Ed­die, he is a world-class op­er­a­tor.

“The rea­son we picked the quar­ter-fi­nal was that we wanted to ex­pe­ri­ence their op­er­a­tions and pro­cesses. I’m very for­tu­nate and priv­i­leged that Ed­die has given us the op­por­tu­nity to gain in­sight into these in­tense mo­ments.”

Stuart even has ex­pe­ri­ence of playing against Jones in his early days in rugby union.

“I played a game of rugby against Ed­die when I was a young kid, and I had a day with him when he was coach­ing the Brumbies,” Stuart said.

Jones has al­ready drawn heav­ily on Aus­tralian ex­per­tise dur­ing his four-year ten­ure as Eng­land head coach.

Scott Wise­man­tel, Eng­land’s at­tack coach, joined the man­age­ment team dur­ing the tour of South Africa last year. He is an­other cross­code foot­baller from Aus­tralia, hav­ing played for Par­ra­matta Eels and East­wood in rugby union, and has an ex­ten­sive coach­ing back­ground in Aus­tralia and Ja­pan.

Other Jones ap­point­ments have in­cluded Ja­son Ryles, Mel­bourne

‘The devil is in the de­tail – you only get one go at the World Cup’

Storm as­sis­tant coach and Aus­tralia rugby league in­ter­na­tional, Dean Ben­ton, formerly the Rugby Foot­ball Union’s head of sport sci­ence who was an Aus­tralian rules player, and Glen Ella, the Wal­la­bies leg­end who helped with Eng­land’s at­tack play in 2016.

Jones has also brought in former rugby league star Andrew Johns as a con­sul­tant while Neil Craig, the former Aus­tralian rules coach, is Jones’s right-hand man. War­rick Harrington is Eng­land’s per­for­mance an­a­lyst, who is re­spon­si­ble for gath­er­ing GPS data, nu­tri­tion and ath­lete test­ing. He formerly worked with Aus­tralia Su­per Rugby side the Brumbies, where he per­formed a sim­i­lar role.

If next week’s mind games be­tween Jones and Cheika are likely to make for an in­trigu­ing back­drop to the first time the two sides have met in the quar­ter-fi­nals since 2007, Eng­land are also hop­ing that their brief so­journ to Miyazaki will pro­vide the perfect prepa­ra­tion for their at­tempt to reach the semi-fi­nals.

Af­ter a travel and rest day for the squad yes­ter­day, Jones will seek to repli­cate some Test-match in­tense ses­sions at the train­ing pitch be­side their lux­u­ri­ous Sher­a­ton ho­tel re­sort in Miyazaki, where they spent nine nights in a pre-tour­na­ment camp to pre­pare for the heat and hu­mid­ity of the pool stages in Ja­pan.

Jones has rel­ished the re­turn to the coastal re­sort town, where he plot­ted South Africa’s down­fall in the 2015 World Cup, and loves the area so much he con­sid­ered buy­ing a house here.

“This is go­ing to be the place where they find their feet, get in the rhythm to put the fin­ish­ing touches on the World Cup prepa­ra­tions and get ready for the ex­cite­ment of the tour­na­ment,” Jones said when Eng­land ar­rived.

“This is a very good train­ing place, a great ho­tel, and you have a gym right next door. The stress for the play­ers is min­i­mal; warm weather, good food, good train­ing.

“The devil is in the de­tail. You have to get these things right. You only get one go at the World Cup. You have to be adapt­able. It is all about get­ting ready and get­ting as well pre­pared as you can.

“It is very much a ru­ral area so there are lovely beaches, swim­ming, golf; we have got two golf cour­ses, a driv­ing range. We are only here for eight days and it is just be­fore the first World Cup game. If bore­dom is an is­sue, we have got the wrong play­ers.”

Eng­land will also train in a “light ses­sion” to­mor­row be­fore they de­part for Oita on Mon­day via a three­hour bus jour­ney when they will re­sume their nor­mal Test-week prepa­ra­tions.

Help­ing out: Ricky Stuart, head coach of Can­berra Raiders, will share ideas

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