Eddie Jones | 2016 Winner

The former Australia coach has breathed fresh life into English rugby since taking over the national side following a disastrous World Cup campaign on home soil.


Taking over an England side as an Australian is never an easy task but Eddie Jones has made it look like a walk in the park since accepting the Twickenham hotseat back in November 2015. It has been evolution rather than revolution under his leadership, with the majority of the side involved in the World Cup still playing a key role in both the Six Nations and the subsequent tour to Australia.

The personnel may have remained but the results have been dramatically different, with England celebrating a first Grand Slam for 13 years and then, perhaps more impressively, a historic 3-0 series win against Australia Down Under – the first time the hosts had been whitewashed on home soil.

England’s fightback from adversity has mirrored that of their coach. Jones suffered a stroke while coaching Japan back in 2013 but has since battled back to full fitness. Under his leadership England also look in the rudest of health.

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