The Six Nations is just weeks away, and England travel north to Murrayfield in a bid to kick off the new World Cup cycle with a win. New coach Eddie Jones named his squad during the week, and is keen to get his reign off to the best possible start.
At present, Jones has a small coaching staff around him, which comprises of Steve Borthwick, Paul Gustard and Ian Peel.
The Guardian reported last night that Jones met with World Cup winner Jonny Wilkinson to discuss the possibility of the 36 year-old joining the coaching ticket.
“I had coffee with him,” Jones said of his meeting with Wilkinson. “We would like to get him involved but he is quite a private person. We are having chats about it.”
The addition of Wilkinson with his track record of success would be an obvious draw for Jones. Most of the current squad watched on the television as Wilkinson carried the Red Rose to the Webb Ellis trophy in 2003, and the voice of a hero like that would inspire the side. The former fly-half is not out of the game long, having tasted European success with Toulon as recently as 2014.
Jones has also pinpointed the breakdown as an area of weakness for the English, and is planning on drafting in Australian legend George Smith to help in that department.
Smith, who is currently signed with Wasps, has a wealth of experience at the top level and would certainly have something to offer the squad.
Jones is eager to make these two additions, but is aware that he needs quality over quantity of coaches.
“We keep the staff small and keep the messages nice and clear. If the players have a problem with attack, there’s only one coach to go to, they go to me. If I need assistance doing that, then I’ll get someone in.”
Interesting times ahead for England.