After the success I had with Michael Cheika for the 2015 Rugby World Cup, I decided I would win the Six Nations with one of the teams in the northern hemisphere tournament in February/March 2016. It was not a conflict of interest, as Australia were not represented, and my immediate contract with Michael Cheika was completed.
I decided that I would get England Rugby to win, as they were in a Rugby depression after the 2015 World Cup where they hold the unenviable record of being the only host nation in history to be bundled out of their own World Cup in the pool rounds.
We contacted the CEO, who responded with interest but advised us that they had sacked their coach and had not yet appointed a new one. Once Eddie Jones, was appointed by England Rugby, the England Rugby CEO again contacted us and advised that our proposal had been forwarded on to Eddie Jones. Eddie Jones’s PA contacted us with interest to set up a phone call with Eddie to me. This single phone call went ahead and within a 3- week time frame the contract was signed and I was sending programs, and media reports, to Eddie from Australia.
England Rugby went on to win the 6 Nations for the first time in 5 years. They also won the Triple Crown by beating Scotland, Wales and Ireland and secured a clean sweep of events during the tournament, taking out the Grand Slam for the first time in 13 years. England Rugby had in fact only won the Grand Slam, in the Six Nations tournament, 13 times in a 145-year history.
England Rugby contracted me again for the Wales game and the Australian Tour. The Welsh game, which they won, was a warm up to their Australian Tour.
I met Eddie Jones for the first time when he came to Australia in June 2016 for their Australian Tour. I also had the opportunity to attend training and meet with some of the team for casual “Expect to Win” chats. I continued to give Eddie “Expect to Win” programs and media reports as England Rugby went on to a clean sweep of the series 3-0 for the first time in history, taking home the Cook Cup.
England Rugby has only ever beaten the Wallabies in 3 games, in Australia in a 107-year history. England Rugby also scored the most points ever against an Australian Team and broke the record for their greatest winning margin.
We enjoy a 9-0 strike rate together and England have since been elevated from 8th in the world, after the 2015 World Cup, to 2nd in the world behind New Zealand.