Wallabies and Suntory Sungoliath centre Samu Kerevi has backed the under fire Eddie Jones but did confess to trying to steal some of the England head coach’s ‘secrets.’
Jones took a trip to Japan earlier this week to continue his consulting role with Suntory following a poor Six Nations campaign, and Kerevi’s comments are likely to cause a stir.
Kerevi will benefit from Jones’ advice and experience as the Wallabies prepare to host England for a three-match Test series in three months.
“He’s been coaching England and they are a really physical side. The way European teams play rugby is a bit different to Japan and back at home in Australia,” Kerevi said.
“My work ethic off the ball, he spoke last year about trying to get more touches in my hands. He’s spoken about Manu [Tuilagi] a lot and how he’s progressed his game, but also for myself just trying to add a few things to my game to really expand my skill set. That was his big thing from last year.”
The 28-year-old joked he was trying to pick Jones’ brain on the England set-up.
“I’m mostly trying to get the England secrets away from him at the moment. I’m asking him a few questions on how they play and how his centres’ movements are, so hopefully I can help if I get selected back into the Wallabies,” he said.
“He’s been a great addition to us. I’ve dealt with him the last couple of years and had good conversations with him, especially one on ones. Rens [Wallabies coach Dave Rennie] has spoken about it the last couple of days, [Jones is] really experienced at that international level, so any insights he has for my game I really take on board and try to implement throughout the season.
“He’s always coming around saying how fit I am – really I’m not – but that positive reinforcement from a guy like him is awesome.”