Eddie Jones pleads with England rugby fans to respect the players’ decision to get on their knees before matches after football stars were booed by fans, revealing that he is with Gareth Southgate, David Moyes and Arsene Wenger for coaching advice has entertained
- Eddie Jones has urged England rugby fans not to boo players who take the knee
- England’s football stars have been mocked twice by fans for making the gesture
- Jones wants fans to respect the players’ decision but admitted he’s not sure they will
Eddie Jones pleaded with England rugby fans to respect his players if they take their knee off this summer after the footballers were booed for the act.
In the Six Nations, most English players chose to kneel before the games, with a few exceptions.
The new group selected to test next month against the US and Canada at Twickenham will discuss and decide their individual preferences in due course.
Eddie Jones has urged England rugby fans not to boo at the players’ decision to take the knee
England’s football stars have been mocked for making that gesture in two of their friendly matches this month
Jones said, “Respect is so important. The previous Six Nations team had a difficult conversation because there are people with all sorts of views.
“We try to respect diversity. It’s such an important part not only of a sports team, but of society as well.
“We don’t control how fans behave. I want the fans to respect the players’ decision. I’m not sure if they do. ‘
Jones, meanwhile, has announced that he will be tuning into the European Championship looking for ideas to bolster his own performance as an English coach.
Jones has built a good relationship with Gareth Southgate and has participated in regular virtual chats with Three Lions chief David Moyes, Arsene Wenger, and NBA and NFL coaches to discuss the challenges of working in sport during the Covid era.
Gareth Southgate has asked backers to support the players and not to boo them off
England football fans booed the team TWICE for taking a knee
England’s football fans whistled the team when they pulled their knee before the international match against Austria.
Gareth Southgate urged fans to support the gesture, but the next game against Romania saw the same boo.
The English coach has since insisted that the players are “more determined than ever” to keep kneeling, saying in an open letter to fans ahead of Euro 2020 that they “have a responsibility to raise awareness “.
England kick off their Euro 2020 kick off against Croatia on Sunday and with their own team’s summer streak not kicking off until June 27, Jones will be on the lookout for clues in the coming weeks that could be carried over to rugby.
“I know Gareth reasonably well. We’ve talked lately and I will pursue his interests and the interests of the team, ”he said.
“You obviously have a talented group of players, as demonstrated by two English teams in the European Cup final and one team in the Europa League final.
“You have some great talent right now and it’s about how that talent can come together and play as a team where players have to play in different roles.
“It’s no different from ours, sometimes players have to play a slightly different role than at their club because it suits the team better. I will watch that.
“Of course there are some good players on other teams so we’ll see how the coaches get the most out of these players.
“Again I had a few conversations with the Belgian coach (Roberto Martinez) and he has some talent there.
“It will be of interest how they deal with the expectation of being favorites with great players like Kevin De Bruyne.”