Eddie Jones falls SEVENTEEN places on list of rugby’s most influential people after dismal run of England form as he is overtaken by Bath owner Bruce Craig
- Rugby World magazine have published their biennial list of movers and shakers
- England head coach Eddie Jones has plunged from second to 19th place in 2018
- The Australian oversaw a wretched stretch that included five straight Test losses
- Jones is now below Bath owner Bruce Craig, with whom he has clashed publicly
Eddie Jones has plummeted from second to 19th in a list of rugby’s most influential people.
England’s head coach has fallen down the standings published in the September issue of Rugby World magazine following a dismal first half of 2018 that included five successive Test defeats.
Jones has also been forced to issue two public apologies for disparaging comments made about Wales and Ireland, and Bath owner Bruce Craig, whom he labelled the ‘Donald Trump of rugby’.
Eddie Jones has fallen seventeen places on Rugby World’s list of the most influential people
The Australian has endured a difficult 2018, overseeing a dreadful run of England form in Tests
RUGBY’S MOST INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE 2018 – TOP THREE
1. Agustin Pichot – World Rugby vice-chairman
2. Rassie Erasmus – South Africa head coach
3. Mohed Altrad – Montpellier owner
The training methods that have seen a number of players sustain serious injuries have also been placed under the microscope.
In a further blow to the 58-year-old, his most vocal critic has risen above him to 12th after Craig was promoted on the basis of his role at the Recreation Ground, willingness to confront Jones and his involvement in discussions over the European club structure and global season.
World Rugby vice-chairman Gus Pichot tops the list and is followed by new South Africa boss Rassie Erasmus – who masterminded a 2-1 series victory over England in June – with Montpellier owner Mohed Altrad in third.
The standings are produced every two years and are based on the views of players, coaches, administrators and media.
He has also clashed publicly with Bath owner Bruce Craig, who is now above him on the list
World Rugby vice-chairman Agustin Pichot topped the standings ahead of Rassie Erasmus