Jones seeking to tap into Team GB success


England rugby union head coach Eddie Jones is seeking to ensure his side benefit from Great Britain's success at the Rio Olympics.

Jones has enjoyed a wonderful start to his tenure, with a first Six Nations Grand Slam for England since 2003 followed up with an historic 3-0 Test series victory in Australia earlier this year.

Nevertheless, the 56-year-old has reiterated his belief that there remains plenty of room for improvement and is looking to other sports - including several that helped Team GB to an impressive haul of 67 medals in Rio - as a result.

"As we said at the end of the tour [of Australia], we've got to get better. We haven't done anything yet, we're not number one in the world so we've still got a lot to aspire to," said Jones, speaking as a brand ambassador for Mitsubishi Motors, announced on Tuesday as the Official Performance Partner to England Rugby.

"We've been working really hard with our coaching staff on how we can coach better because we didn't coach well enough on the tour. Although we're happy with the result we're not happy with our performances on tour. We need to coach better, so our coaching staff has been working very hard investigating other sports.

"Obviously with Great Britain doing so well in the Olympics there are a number of sports to look at and to learn from. We've had people come in and talk to the staff, so it's been very much about how we can get better, how we can coach better."

Danny Kerry, the coach of GB's triumphant women's hockey team, is among those to have been sought out by Jones.

"I think if you look at it on face value, the talent of that team compared to the Holland team [who Britain beat in the final in Rio] was probably not as great, so his ability to create such a dynamic and hard-working team was fascinating," said Jones of Kerry.

"We'll learn a lot from him. We aim to visit judo in a couple of weeks, we've had conversations with the cycling - they're the main ones at this stage."

Reflecting on the opening weeks of the Premiership season, Jones had high praise for defending champions Saracens and the Vunipola brothers, Billy and Mako, in particular.

Jones also suggested Sarries fly-half Alex Lozowski, who has impressed deputising for the injured Owen Farrell, could yet earn international honours.

"Everyone's chasing Saracens and they're doing it in a very good way," added the Australian. "They're well-coached, the players are professional, they're expanding their game, they're bringing young players in, the young 10 [Lozowski] has come in for Owen Farrell and they haven't missed a beat.

"It's a great example of how you can bring young players through and develop them. And he might be a guy who comes through and makes the England squad. Who knows? He's got talent."