Eddie Jones: Winning the Kiwi battle but losing the Bok war

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Eddie Jones: Winning the Kiwi battle but losing the Bok war

FREE TO READ | You can sometimes find yourself jumping at shadows or second-guessing decisions, reckons the England coach

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England coach Eddie Jones says the accolades and acclaim his team received in the buildup to the 2019 Rugby World Cup final against the Springboks were a distraction they could have done without.

In his newly released autobiography Eddie Jones: My Life and Rugby the wily coach writes about the challenges of winning the most coveted match in rugby after England team lost the final 32-12 to the Springboks in Yokohama. The pressure, he writes, is like no other match – and intimated that it even got to Jake White in the buildup to the 2007 final.

“A World Cup final week is different to anything else in rugby. I was about to begin my third, following 2003 and 2007, and I remembered how the pressure turned Jake White inside out when he was in charge of SA in Paris,” wrote Jones, who was White’s trusty adviser during the Boks’ successful assault on the trophy in 2007...

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