England Head Coach Eddie Jones has revealed that he has taken Donald Trump’s tactic of repetition and applied it to the England Rugby team.
When Jones took over England at the end of 2015, England were coming off a disappointing Rugby World Cup campaign where they were the first host nation in Rugby World Cup history to fail to qualify for the knockout stages.
Jones said that reversing England’s fortunes last year didn’t really have as much to do with alterations in tactics, but rather in changing the squad’s mindset.
“I just changed their mindsets, that’s all,” Jones told the Daily Mail.
“My vision was that they should be more ‘English’, so I kept repeating the message in different ways. One day I put mustard on it, the next day I put tomato sauce on it – but it was basically the same message.
“Yes, like Trump. Trump’s clever, there’s no denying that. The mantra ‘Make America great again’ – he repeats and repeats it. Americans were pounded with that message.
“People on the television say, “I think he can make America great again.” There’s no evidence he can; but he’s convinced them. He’s changed mindsets. That’s how you win. And having super-talented players.”
England’s Six Nations defence starts against France at Twickenham on Saturday with news emerging over the weekend that winger Anthony Watson could be sidelined for up to a month with a hamstring strain.
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