|Posted On: February 2, 2016 | Posted By: Sonja | Filed Under: 6nations, England, England Rugby|
Jonny Wilkinson insists England cannot expect a quick-fix under new head coach Eddie Jones.
Jones will oversee his first match in charge since replacing Stuart Lancaster in Saturday’s RBS 6 Nations clash with Scotland at Murrayfield having had only two weeks to leave his imprint on the team.
England are seeking to climb back to the sport’s top tier after failing to progress from the group stage of last autumn’s World Cup and Wilkinson insists that alongside France, who also have a new coach in Guy Noves, they will need to show patience.
‘It is such a tough balance to strike because both these nations have been used to strong international teams and both quite rightly expect good results,’ said Wilkinson on behalf of ITV’s Six Nations live coverage.
‘High-level rugby teams with lasting quality are built from the bottom up, however, and this cannot be done in a few weeks and a harsh conversation or two.
‘It is the rest of the tournament and beyond where good coaching, man management and preparation will be tested.
‘Both of these teams will come out firing, it is a case of 100 per cent or not at all at this level which means committing fully to every decision and ultimately trusting your plan, your team and yourself.’
Wilkinson, who oversees occasional kicking sessions with England, insists teams with ambitions of winning the Six Nations must hit the ground running.
‘Scotland will be full of confidence after a great World Cup and Wales will carry a lot of momentum from a courageous effort too,’ Wilkinson said.
‘It will be very exciting to see what France, Ireland, Italy and England bring to the tournament.
‘We will get a great picture of how these guys plan to carry on after a difficult time and an idea of the future identities of these teams.
‘Whoever gels together fastest will prove the most dangerous.’
|Posted On: January 30, 2016 | Posted By: admin | Filed Under: 6nations, Coach Wilko, England, England Rugby, Jonny The Coach|
Should Owen Farrell have a poor day with the boot against Scotland, all the attention could be honed in on Wilkinson and that would not be helpful.
If he wants to become the best technical kicking and handling skills coach in the game, rather like his mentor Dave Alred, he could. But there is also no reason why Jonny could not become a head coach of the very highest calibre.
Importantly, Jonny was not a mercurial talent, or an individual blessed by the sporting gods who found the game effortless. He became the best player in the world and won everything because of how much knowledge he acquired and his work ethic.
More than almost any modern player, Jonny knows the importance of getting the right mindset. He has studied it more than any other athlete and, through hard-won experience, knows the importance of not overcomplicating things.
For that reason I don’t think placing Jonny full-time into the England coaching team would be the right approach at this stage. But neither do I see him fulfilling his potential by dropping in for the occasional kicking and skills session. He needs to put in the hard yards on the coaching front and a big role at a top English or French club must be his aim.
New Zealand coaches, however, lead four of the top nine teams in the world while Australians have reset the boundaries with how Michael Cheika and Stephen Larkham operate, floating between club and country. I would love to see Wilkinson or King offered similar freedom.
But there is no rush. Like all things, coaching takes time to hone skills and learn how to do it. From the off, Eddie will have an outstanding and confident consultant in Jonny and the players can instantly begin benefiting from his coaching — but give him time to develop.
|Posted On: January 17, 2016 | Posted By: Sonja | Filed Under: Coach Wilko, England, England Rugby|
Eddie Jones has invited Jonny Wilkinson to join his coaching team after meeting with England’s World Cup winning fly-half at a supermarket.
The pair were adversaries in 2003 when Jones oversaw the Australia side defeated in the Sydney final, but last Saturday they exchanged views on how best to revive Red Rose fortunes after years of under-achievement.
Wilkinson has been performing a part-time coaching role at Toulon and by the end of the conversation that took place near England’s Surrey training base, he had been offered a position alongside Jones’ assistants Steve Borthwick and Paul Gustard.
“We would like to get Jonny involved, but he’s quite a private person. We are having chats about it,” Jones said.
“I saw him down at Waitrose shopping with a beanie over his head. I had coffee with him.”
When asked what advice Wilkinson gave him, Jones said: “Get them kicking more”.
“After we had coffee he went and did a kicking session and he doesn’t play any more. Why was he one of the best in the world? Because he did that. That’s the difference,” Jones said.
“No-one tells him to do that because he is retired, but he still wants to be a good kicker does Jonny Wilkinson. How many of these players do that now? That is the key going forward.
“Our job as coaches is to create that environment where players are encouraged to do that – we can’t tell them to do it.
“Anywhere in the world the good players tend to rise up and there should be a gap between the really good players and the average players.
“A good player has that little bit extra, and we are talking about two or three per cent extra.
“He does that little bit of extra analysis, stretches, goes for a swim and takes a bag of balls to kick.
“I want that attitude and I want to see how desperate they are to become a better player.”
Jones, who replaced Stuart Lancaster after England were knocked out of their own World Cup at the group stage, is unlikely to appoint a skills coach for fear of over-burdening players with too much information.
“I need to assess whether we need one. One of the things I heard about the World Cup, and I got it from a number of sources, is that there wasn’t great clarity in the way the players were coached,” Jones said.
“There were a fair few coaches so there were a lot of different messages. That’s something I’m conscious about at the moment.”
|Posted On: December 24, 2015 | Posted By: Sonja | Filed Under: Uncategorized|
We wish you a Merry Christmas, we wish you a Merry Christmas, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
A special Merry Christmas wish to Jonny, Shelley and their family.
From all of us at Wilkofans we hope you a wonderful Christmas. Peace, health and happiness to you all. Eat, drink, be merry and stay safe.
|Posted On: December 21, 2015 | Posted By: Sonja | Filed Under: Uncategorized|
|Posted On: November 17, 2015 | Posted By: Sonja | Filed Under: Uncategorized|
The former Newcastle Falcons Player Jonny Wilkinson has been awarded a CBE for services to Rugby.
The 36 year old, who also helped steer England to World cup victory in 2003, was presented with the award at Buckingham Palace. Wilkinson retired from the sport last year.
|Posted On: October 7, 2015 | Posted By: Sonja | Filed Under: Fineside|
|Posted On: October 2, 2015 | Posted By: Sonja | Filed Under: Fineside|
|Posted On: September 30, 2015 | Posted By: Sonja | Filed Under: England, World Cup 2015|
Rugby World Cup winner Jonny Wilkinson has backed England to overcome the setback against Wales and beat Australia on Saturday.
The England legend expects the atmosphere, support and intensity of the match to be bigger and better than ever.
Wilkinson said: “This weekend is going to be a huge match there’s no doubt, especially for this England team but I’m full of confidence, I have been all tournament.
“The fact that the last 10 minutes of a game doesn’t go your way, and the result turns on its head, doesn’t change a thing. It doesn’t mean a team suddenly are no longer the team they were. In fact, it just makes them a bigger and better team.”
England take on Australia at Twickenham on Saturday 3 October at 8pm.
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|Posted On: September 19, 2015 | Posted By: Sonja | Filed Under: Uncategorized|