MONEYBALL tactics will be deployed by England this autumn.
Boss Eddie Jones has hired a team of crack data nerds to crunch the numbers and help him bounce back against Tonga, Australia and South Africa after a worst-ever Six Nations earlier this year.
Aussie Jones is hoping the Moneyball approach, made famous by the Oakland A’s baseball team in the early 2000s, will help his new-look side end 2021 with a bang.
Jones said: “We’ve got a data analytics team. They can tell you 99.9 percent of the teams that are going to win based on the metrics.
“We’ll use the metrics to help with our selection.
“We’re no different from any team in modern sport.”
Jones also has a new coaching team after deputy John Mitchell quit for Wasps and attack coach Simon Amor was dumped.
In comes Richard Cockerill, Martin Gleeson and Australian Anthony Seibold — who has just met his backroom staff buddies face-to-face for the first time ahead of tomorrow’s training camp in Jersey.
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And Jones said that while he will consider their advice and the data for team and squad selections, he has the final call and will not be picking players via any kind of coaches committee.
The Aussie, preparing for their first autumn Test against Tonga on November 6, said: “Selection is always assistant coaches having their say.
“At the end of the day, it is down to the head coach’s judgment and the process hasn’t been any different with the new set of coaches. Anthony has been watching the games and communicating with the players by Zoom.
“Martin Gleeson has been around the games, Cockerill is getting to know English rugby again and Matt Proudfoot has been doing his work.
“There’s been really good debate and we’ve had our differences, too.
“But we have made a decision and this is the squad that we’ve come up with.”