England head coach Eddie Jones is hoping his inside knowledge of South African rugby can help his team to a first away series victory against the Springboks this summer.
The Australian was an assistant coach during South Africa’s 2007 World Cup victory, and is intimately aware of the rugby infrastructure in the country.
As head coach of Japan, Jones used his experience at the 2015 World Cup to steer his side to a memorable 34-32 victory against the South Africans.
With a run of four consecutive defeats, Jones is experiencing an uncharacteristic dry-spell as head coach of the national side.
Taking the role in 2016, Jones saw his side lose just one of the first 25 games he oversaw them in, including a Six Nations Grand Slam in his first year.
It always comes down to the fact the first thing you’ve got to do is beat history. History shows England have never won a series in South Africa,
I probably understand the South African rugby psyche as well as any having had experiences there. And I know what they are going to be like when they play England. There are certain cultural issues between the two countries that provide great motivation for the South Africans.
With three matches scheduled for June, England have a chance to win their first ever series in South Africa.
Johannesburg, Bloemfontein, and Cape Town will play host to the matches, as England seek to reverse their fortunes of late.