Eddie Jones strongly advocated the outgoing head of the RFU, who played the role of Steve & # 39; em Brown, whose departure is believed to be the result of a political conflict. "He is a really good guy," said England head coach. "He has good skills and a nice style and he is very supportive of the team, I'm sure I miss him and I'm sure the organization misses him, but life goes on and the RFU will continue banging on."
RFU announced a trip on Friday, causing stress among a large part of the staff. Chairman Andrew Cosslett paid a beautiful tribute to Brown, but there are rumors that other sections of the organization felt less well-disposed.
The former Chief Executive, Francis Baron, distributed the report to former presidents, highlighting what he considered to be poor financial performance, and the costs of the new East Stand, in particular, exceeded the budget, partly because of heightened security measures. introduced after the Grenfell tower fire. The RFU has made many redundancies this year.
Jones sympathizes with work. "I was very surprised when I found out," he said, "because I think he was happy with this job, you have to remember that these CEO positions are difficult, especially the CEO of English rugby, you have so many conflicting interests. This is the work of wearing, it's a bit like being the main trainer, buddy. "
Jones' work was certainly uncomfortable for the first 40 minutes before Japan before his team made up for the 15-10 loss down to win 35-15. The Australian played his half-team discussion, famously fierce when he was responsible for Japan in preparing for the 2015 World Cup. "It's not like it was in old times," he said. "When you get past 55, you stop. We just talked about the fact that we need more effort, we were not stuck, but we did it in the second half, which is really nice for us, our players learned a lot about it.
"I saw Leitchy [Michael Leitch, Japan’s captain now and when Jones was Japan coach] later. He thinks he did not play so well. I thought it was playing quite well. "
In fact, Leitch was everything to everyone, especially in the first half, when Japan played with the same confidence and threat as the famous afternoon in Brighton in 2015 when they defeated Springboks. The man himself remained unconvinced.
"I did not play very well," repeated Leitch. "I think I missed a few opportunities, we created space, but we were a little reluctant to get the ball into that space."
His current coach, Jamie Joseph, disagreed. "With our players," he said, "they feel really disappointed if they do not win, no matter who they play with, I do not think it's a bad thing, but to put it into context, coming to Twickenham is a huge challenge for everyone Michael led the charge, he is our leader, he plays as he played today in every match we played in, and our team is very easy to follow. "
Japan is still developing. Jones ended with memories from the first tour as a coach. "When I first took Japan to Europe, we played Georgia and Romania, and we had a pick-up match against the French barbarians in Le Havre, the only place where there are English pubs in France, a very, very strange place. Play All Blacks and they play in England against 81,000 people, it's fantastic, it's a real rugby country that people take seriously, and today's performance only strengthens it. "