David Campese holds little hope for exciting England under Eddie Jones.
In the aftermath of the World Cup, various commentators suggested that northern hemisphere sides needed to move away from the systematic style of play they employed, and adopt a more creative philosophy.
For that reason, many argued that England needed to appoint a coach form the southern hemisphere. However in doing so, they overlooked the fact that both Wales and Ireland, under Warren Gatland and Joe Schmidt respectively, employ attritional strategies.
Nonetheless, some fans believe that Eddie Jones’ England will embrace flamboyant southern hemisphere rugby in the coming months.
However David Campese does not agree. Writing in The Telegraph, the legendary Wallaby winger argued that Jones was ‘brought in to win, not to entertain’.
Campese therefore warned Danny Cipriani ‘or any other maverick-type player, or footballer, I would be worried’. The winger then went further, stating,
Eddie is a hooker by trade. He had his head in a scrum all his life. He knows one way. And he will not be changing it for anyone.
He is the boss. He wants players who fit into his system and his work ethic.
Although Campese did concede that he never saw ‘eye to eye’ with Jones, and rarely socialised with the England coach during their time as players with Randwick, his perspective remains interesting.
Indeed, few southern hemisphere coaches have successfully adapted their natural philosophy to suit the northern game.
Alan Drumm, Pundit Arena