Eddie Jones’ controversial consultancy role with Japanese side Suntory is defended by the club’s coach, who insists it’s ‘RIDICULOUS ‘ to suggest the England boss isn’t loyal despite sharing ‘golden’ information with All Blacks star Beauden Barrett
Eddie Jones’ trip to Suntory has been defended by the Japanese club’s coach, who branded the backlash ‘ridiculous’.
The England head coach has faced criticism for sharing ‘golden’ information with All Blacks playmaker Beauden Barrett as part of his consultancy role with Japanese side Suntory Sungoliath.
However, Suntory coach Milton Haig told Sportsmail: ‘Eddie’s role with Suntory has been pretty well documented so it shouldn’t come as a surprise.
Eddie Jones has been defended for his consultancy role with Japanese side Suntory Sungoliath
‘His wife has been here for months so he originally came over to see his family. He’s a rugby man and this club has a special place in his heart. It’s an important time of the season and he came in to run the rule over what we’re doing.
‘You could turn it around and say he was fishing for All Blacks secrets, which is pretty smart.
‘He’s been picking our brains for certain information and he speaks to guys like Beauden as well.
New Zealand star Beauden Barrett revealed he has worked with the England coach directly
‘If the best players in the world are talking to you, you learn from that as a coach. It’s a two-way street.
‘For me, it’s ridiculous to think that he has any conflict of interest. He’s loyal to England and he’s always shared his knowledge.
‘He goes to some of the best coaches in the world and speaks to them. Likewise he never turns you down if you need to pick his brains and that shows his love of the game.’
Meanwhile, Wales star George North was ‘heartbroken’ after being ruled out of this summer’s Lions tour with a knee injury.
Suntory coach Milton Haig insists Jones does not have a conflict of interest in his extra role
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