The first biography of the enigmatic coach who has completely transformed the England rugby team. After Eddie Jones began coaching England's rugby team in November 2015, they won 22 of their next 23 matches. The side that limped out of the last World Cup was thoroughly revitalized. But who is the unconventional figure responsible for this change of fortune? And will he be able to sustain his brilliant track record in the run-up to the 2019 World Cup? From his school days playing alongside the legendary Ella brothers to his masterminding of Japan's jaw-dropping victory over South Africa in the 2015 World Cup, Eddie Jones has always been a polarizing figure, known for his punishing work ethic. Constantly controversial, never complacent, Jones has truly shaken up English rugby. Drawing on over 100 interviews with former teammates, players, administrators, and coaching colleagues, veteran rugby writer Mike Colman brings a rare level of insight to his biography of this singular man.
About the Author
Mike Colman is an assistant editor of the Courier-Mail newspaper in Brisbane and the author of several books on sporting figures and military history.
"Personalities don't come bigger than Eddie Jones, whose colourful and somewhat crazy rugby career was always going to make a blinding book . . . Mike Colman was knocked back in his attempts to make this an authorised biography but pressed ahead anyway - and it was certainly worth the effort. Colman has stolen a march on any subsequent accounts of Jones's life . . . It makes for very entertaining reading." —Rugby World
"Jones is a fascinating bloke and if you are interested in rugby or coaching or management this is a fascinating read." —Rugby Spy