Henry hails Jones effect

Date published: June 15 2016

Former New Zealand head coach Graham Henry believes Eddie Jones has made a “massive difference” to England since he took over the position.

Henry, who also led the British and Irish Lions tour in 2001, was speaking to Sky Sports as England prepare to face Australia in Melbourne.

Should the English beat the Wallabies on Saturday, it would wrap up the series and Henry thinks Jones’ arrival has been vital for the team.

“He’s made a massive difference. He’s concentrated on taking England back, back to the future, to get them physical and abrasive,” he said.

“They out-passioned the Wallabies (in Brisbane last weekend). Australia looked like they were going to take them apart early in the match, after they scored two early tries, but the English wore them down, got on top and got over them physically and won the game comfortably.

“They were impressive and are going to be a big force in world rugby over the next few years.”

On what he feels Jones has brought to England’s game, Henry thinks they have gone back to their glory days when they won the World Cup.

“He has brought back a pride in the approach like when Martin Johnson was captain with an old pack and Jonny Wilkinson in behind,” he said.

“They are now more than that obviously as the game’s changed.

“I think he’s given them confidence to go out and express themselves on the field, be physical and play the England game. All due respect to what went on previously but I think there was a grey area on the game they were going to play and the team they were going to select.

“I think he’s given it clarity. It’s physical football and they’re going to play the old England way.”