Rugby World Cup-winner Jonny Wilkinson has admitted to being left in “awe” by Eddie Jones’ current England squad.
Wilkinson has been working with Jones on an informal basis during the autumn campaign and was at Twickenham last Saturday to witness England’s defeat of Australia.
That victory was the team’s 14th in a row and ensured the current crop equalled the English record run, set by Wilkinson and his teammates 13 years ago.
“I don’t have anything to add to these guys, I promise you, I go there and watch,” Wilkinson was quoted as saying about his role in various British newspapers on Tuesday.
“I’m in awe of what they’re doing and how they’re doing it but coming from 20 years of experience. However, that 20 years means nothing unless they tell me exactly what it means from them.
“I’m learning a lot about how they’re doing things and it really quite awe inspiring.”
Wilkinson believes that England have developed an ability to adapt to pressure situations — such as losing Elliot Daly to a red card after five minutes against Argentina last month — and find a way to win, that could help them emulate the World Cup-winning vintage of 2013.
“By that, I mean whatever’s happening to them on the field, they’re starting to look like they’re just capable of understanding it and reforming it and remoulding it into something that works for them,” he said.
“To be able to say, ‘right, we’re up against it and against a fabulous side. We’re OK, no worries, we’ll work it out’ and that’s the kind of the same image that’s coming to me through training to preparing for the next game.
“It’s just brilliant momentum where these guys are just picking up the ability to respond and choose the journey they want and they’re choosing at the moment to go out there and perform. We need to keep that going.”
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