Rugby

Jones: Physicality is not enough

2015-11-12 20:10
Eddie Jones (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - One of the major criticisms of the Springboks at this year's Rugby World Cup was that they were one-dimensional, relying too heavily on their physicality while lacking diversity in their attacking play. 

For that reason alone, Eddie Jones' arrival in Cape Town is exciting. 

That the Stormers will be playing this Super Rugby season under the mentorship of a man known for his attacking style will be music to the ears of Bok fans who want to see a change. 

Simply physicality, Jones says, is no longer enough.

"South Africa has got so many good players and there's always been the emphasis in the South African game on being physical," Jones told News24 Live.

"That's not a bad thing, but in today's game you can't just win by being physical. You need to have a skill set.

"I'm not saying it's not being done well in South Africa, what I'm saying is that that's what we want to do. I want to produce physical rugby that's also skillful, so if you can do that then you can play in any number of ways."

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