England look to Moneyball tactics as Eddie Jones hires data nerds to help him bounce back from worst Six Nations
The MONEYBALL tactic will be deployed by England this fall.
Boss Eddie Jones hired a team of crack data nerds to work the numbers and help him bounce back against Tonga, Australia and South Africa after the worst Six Nations earlier this year.
Aussie Jones is hoping the Moneyball approach, made famous by the Oakland A baseball team in the early 2000s, will help her new look end 2021 on a high.
Jones said, âWe have a data analysis team. They can tell you 99.9% of teams that will win based on metrics.
âWe will use the metrics to help us in our selection.
“We are no different from any team in modern sport.”
Jones also has a new coaching staff after assistant John Mitchell left the Wasps and attacking coach Simon Amor was dumped.
Next are Richard Cockerill, Martin Gleeson and Australia’s Anthony Seibold – who has just met his staff buddies backstage for the first time ahead of tomorrow’s training camp in Jersey.
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And Jones has said that while he will heed their advice and data for squad and squad selections, he has the final call and won’t be picking players through any coaching committee.
The Australian, preparing for his first fall test against Tonga on November 6, said: âThe selection is always the assistant coaches who have their say.
âUltimately it depends on the judgment of the head coach and the process was no different with the new set of coaches. Anthony watched the games and communicated with the players through Zoom.
âMartin Gleeson has toured the matches, Cockerill is returning to English rugby and Matt Proudfoot has done his job.
âThere was a very good debate and we also had our differences.
“But we made a decision and this is the team that we created.”