Eddie Jones was appointed England Head Coach in December 2015, having previously coached Japan at the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England. The Australian signed a four-year contract to become the first foreign head coach in English rugby history. During his three years in charge of Japan, he led the team to tenth in the World Rugby Rankings and this success was showcased by the unforgettable victory over South Africa in the World Cup group stages. The match is considered the biggest upset in World Rugby history and Eddie was set to take control of Super Rugby side The Stormers following the tournament before being offered his role with England. In his playing years Eddie made 12 appearances for New South Wales at hooker, including a warm up match against the British and Irish Lions in 1989.
Dylan Hartley was appointed England captain ahead of the 2016 RBS 6 Nations Championship and led the team to a Triple Crown and Grand Slam. Dylan now has 86 caps for England, becoming an integral part of the success the national team has enjoyed in recent times, in 2017 equalling the All Blacks world record of unbeaten test matches. His leadership, in particular during the recent tour to Argentina continues to develop and together with Eddie Jones they are looking forward to more success. Away from the pitch, Dylan is loving driving his L200 Barbarian SVP, “The standard L200 looks tough, but the SVP takes it to another level. With the big wheels, off-road tyres and black wheel arches, it really looks the part. It’s ideal for what I need, with plenty of power and more than enough space for the family and all the kit that we carry around for our lifestyle”.
John Barclay, WP Nel & Tom Brown
John Barclay captained Scotland to impressive victories over England and France in the 2018 6 Nations before the back-row announced his decision to sign for Edinburgh for 2018/19. South African born WP Nel signed with Edinburgh in the summer of 2012 and surpassed the 100 cap mark against Leinster in September 2016. Tom Brown made his Edinburgh debut in 2010 after graduating from the club’s Academy, and marked his 100th cap for the club in the 2016 1872 Cup derby against Glasgow Warriors at BT Murrayfield.