Rugby Union (RFU) director Conor O’Shea says there has been an “incredibly exciting start to get back in” in England’s youth teams. Coach Eddie Jones is leading his first team to the 2023 World Cup after disappointing this year’s Six Nations Championship
Written by James Simpson
Last update: 09/20/21 23:09
Conor O’Shea says the young English players have “incredibly exciting” potential and will energize Eddie Jones’ squad for the 2023 World Cup.
Earlier this month, Jones said he needed to upgrade the team after a major backstage reshuffle.
This happened after England finished a disappointing fifth place in the Six Nations Championship earlier this year, winning only two of their five matches against Italy and France.
talking with Sky SportsO’Shea, RFU’s director of rugby performance, believes there is enough talent in youth coaching to provide the spark England needs going forward.
“We have a huge group of players who will arrive in 2023 when they will all come back together in a natural setting,” O’Shea said. Sky Sports.
“Hopefully some people under 20 from last year can come in and energize and help Eddie make it happen, but then I think further and look at the work that the athletics academies and coaches have been doing at this time. Wait, I just Watch I think everyone is seeing incredibly exciting potential starting to appear again.
“Not just ordinary players, very special players.”
While the federation said it maintained its full support for Jones after England’s poor performance in the first tier, he had no such problems in the 2021 Six Nations Under-20 Championship, as England won all five matches en route to a dominant victory.
O’Shea said Jones should not be responsible for selecting his first team and not offering opportunities to young players, because the coronavirus pandemic has been a major factor.
“No not like that [fair to criticise him], “He said.” There’s been a lot of talk in the last year about choosing and being able to bounce back from the norm given what’s going on [the pandemic] he was not there.
“Being able to integrate people into an environment – you haven’t been able to do that, whether it’s having dinner together or having breakfast together. You’re always in your room and it’s a very strange environment.
“So, I can’t wait.
“I think it’s going to be a really exciting group of players that Eddie will be gathering this year and we hope to support him in any way we can.
“But our goal now is to make sure we have a succession and a pipeline and the players pay all the time because that will keep every player honest.”
Speaking as the Russian Federation published its development path and structure designed to ensure the long-term success of the top teams in England, O’Shea said he was confident the future was bright.
He said: “I think we have a very special group of players and the biggest thing we can give is support over the next two years until 2023, support for Simon Middleton and the Red Roses before 2022 in New Zealand. [the Women’s Rugby World Cup].
“I hope these teams in 2022 and 2023 will inspire the next generation, and if you look at the talent last year – the 17-20 age group, the U-20 team in particular last year – there is a lot of talent coming up that introduces some of the older players.”
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