South African journalist makes huge prediction over Eddie Jones’ successor
There has been plenty of talk since the conclusion of the Six Nations about Eddie Jones’ job, both in the near future and the distant future.
With the Australian set to move on after the 2023 World Cup after eight years in charge, RFU boss Bill Sweeney said this week that he wants an English coach to replace Jones at the helm. Since then, the likes of Steve Borthwick, Richard Cockerill, Rob Baxter and even Shaun Edwards have been linked with the job. Based on Sweeney’s comments, this does rule out Warren Gatland and Rassie Erasmus, who have both been linked.
However, South African journalist Mark Keohane is not convinced, and he came out with a bold prediction today about the future England head coach, linking Rassie Erasmus with the job.
The current Springboks director of rugby has recently started writing for the Daily Mail, and Keohane believes this is a way of currying favour with the English public ahead of an appointment after 2023.
He wrote on Twitter: “It is provocative for SA’s DOR Rassie Erasmus to use an English tabloid platform to do his talking, but in the last month he has done all his talking through the Daily Mail as he steps up his efforts to find favour with an English rugby audience. Hello England Rugby 2024.”
Erasmus even defended Jones recently in the Daily Mail in light of the criticism he has faced after England’s poor showing in the Six Nations. He wrote: “England are getting a lot of criticism but they will be strong at the World Cup. Don’t tell me Eddie has suddenly become a bad coach. He is a good rugby man who texted me when I was in trouble with World Rugby.
“I admire him in a weird kind of way. I don’t agree with all of his strategies in the media but that’s not to say I’m right and he’s wrong. He made a lot of changes to his team recently but I’m sure he has a plan for the World Cup.”
Take a look at what Keohane wrote:
It is provocative for SA’s DOR @RassieRugby to use an English tabloid platform to do his talking, but in the last month he has done all his talking through @DailyMailUK as he steps up his efforts to find favour with an English rugby audience. Hello @EnglandRugby 2024
— Mark Keohane (@mark_keohane) March 30, 2022