Eddie Jones getting back to his roots

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by Beth Newman

Eddie Jones was back at rugby training on Monday night, but his English charges were nowhere to be seen.

Jones was giving tips to his former club, Randwick, after sealing a 3-0 whitewash over the Wallabies in his hometown last weekend.

The former Wallabies mentor oversaw training, with plenty of familiar faces among those getting ready for the next Shute Shield round.

Randwick's current side includes a handful of Super Rugby players and former Test players, including Stephen Hoiles, who Jones handed his first Test start.

The ex-hooker generally stayed in the background at the session, though couldn't resist the chance to put some pressure on the side's current lineout throwers.

Randwick has produced a handful of international coaches, including Jones and current Wallabies mentor Michael Cheika, and current head coach Shannon Fraser said it was a privilege to be able to call on some of the game's greats at this level.

"We're blessed in many ways have had a few - Bob Dwyer, Simon Poidevin, Jeff Sayle and guys like that - associated with the group," he said.


We're lucky we can tap into that vast experience on nearly a weekly basis. To have Eddie along, who is in many ways the current version of those guys and at the top of his game, is pretty humbling."

Jones will head to France at the end of the week, to work with cycling team ORICA-Green Edge in the Tour de France.

“If our side's not consistent then our coaching's not good enough so I've got to get better, our coaching staff's got to get better,” he said after last Saturday's first Test.

“Our next two months is about us getting better and then how we plan our strategy going forward."

Randwick takes on Southern Districts at Forshaw Rugby Park in round 16 of the Shute Shield this weekend.

Jones's visit follows a handful of ex-Wallabies among the crowd at Coogee Oval last weekend, with David Campese a keen spectator and James Holbeck presenting the jerseys.