England coach Eddie Jones resumes consultancy role with Suntory Sungoliath

Eddie Jones is contracted with the Rugby Football Union until 2023 World Cup
Eddie Jones is contracted with the Rugby Football Union until 2023 World Cup

England coach Eddie Jones has resumed hos consultancy role with Japanese club Suntory Sungoliath following a disappointing Six Nations campaign.

Jones had previously worked with Suntory Sungoliath in 1997 as an assistant coach and also was in charge of them between 2009 and 2012.

He was granted permission to work with the Tokyo based club by the Rugby Football Union in December 2020 on a consultancy role despite the fact that Japan will be on the same Pool as England in the 2023 World Cup.

However, with England's performances in the last two Six Nations saw them win just two out of their five games his role with the Japanese club that also has the likes of All Blacks star Damian McKenzie and Australia centre Samu Kerevi has made it contentious.

"Eddie is over here at the moment helping us out. He's hard at work. He's not having a holiday here, that's for sure," Suntory coach Milton Haig said.

"He's running a few drills for us around our breakdowns and doing a lot of talking to the young players.

"He's not doing it because he wants money or praise, he's doing it because he has a long affiliation with the club and he wants to see the club progress and see the young players progress.

"I think he gets a kick out of just helping out really and having no expectations. That's probably a bit of rest for him in itself.

"I saw the kerfuffle that went on in the press over there (last year) - they probably won't like it he's talking to Samu Kerevi and Damian McKenzie at the moment.

"It's a storm in a teacup - he's just a rugby man and is really keen to talk to rugby people and see what he can learn off them."