Eddie Jones thanks Jonny Bairstow for his motivational speech

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Eddie Jones has revealed Jonny Bairstow gave his England side a pep talk ahead of the start of their autumn campaign against Argentina on Sunday. The cricketer ‘captured’ players for an hour this week, detailing the highs and lows of a season where he was named Test Player of the Year before breaking his leg while playing golf.

Jones has regularly brought motivational speakers to camp and is an avid cricketer. The England head coach is keen to make sure his players enjoy their free time, saying that while the opportunities for recreational activities were evident during the summer tour of Australia, he had to show some restraint. more creativity in Bagshot.

“He was fantastic,” Jones said. “A huge rugby fan, a No.10. He kept the boys spellbound for an hour. He’s a great guy, he loves his sport, he’s a dedicated sportsman, he loved watching the practice.

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“Rugby has been through quite a difficult time and we have players here who are still in the process of securing clubs for next season.

“We have all these elements happening behind the scenes, so we try to get the right balance between hard work and players enjoying the experience of being in the national team.

“It’s a bit different because the conditions here don’t allow players to go out and have fun and do good recreational activities. If they’re not training, we want them to rest or do something that will add to their ability to play well.

England hooker Luke Cowan-Dickie said he was not a cricket fan but felt the information provided by Bairstow was invaluable. “[It’s] a team sport but quite individual if you understand they are alone at the counter,” he said. “Just his mindset going there. The way he gets over things.

“It was just a good insight, to see that it’s not all high. He’s got quite a few lows. The injury he has now is the first big one. It was a good insight.

Jones expects the Argentine to use the fact that his former training partner and Pumas head coach Michael Cheika has been away for long periods as motivation. Cheika coached Lebanon at the Rugby League World Cup and was in Huddersfield on Friday night for his side’s quarter-final loss to Australia before heading quickly to south-west London.

“They’ll be well organized and I think they’ll try to use that to their advantage,” Jones said. “Disadvantaged, we don’t have a head coach. It will be a motivation for them, so he will use it. He is very smart on the street.

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