Rugby Union

England Rugby Coaching Staff Visit RAF Brize Norton

The coaching team were learning about military leadership at a training day.

The England Rugby coaching staff have been getting leadership tips from military personnel at RAF Brize Norton. (Picture: RAF).

England head coach Eddie Jones and his staff have spent a day at RAF Brize Norton, experiencing the daily workings of an RAF station.

They visited various sections of the base and looked at topics such as decision making under pressure, as well as dealing with the unexpected.

Squadron Leader Lofthouse said RAF Brize Norton was "very excited to be able to work with England Rugby" and that there are "parallels" between RAF personnel and professional athletes, including "mental performance and decision making under pressure".

In the afternoon, the coaching team watched closely and learnt why military personnel need the skills they have.

Jones and his team also used state-of-the-art virtual training facilities where they were subjected to various scenarios, including parachuting and flying the Air Mobility Fleet.

The coaching team were taught about military exercises (Picture: Royal Air Force)

Jones also gave personnel and the director of RAF Rugby, Air Vice Marshal Moore, a talk about rugby and how the game is changing, even giving some advice on how to maximise squad potential.

Air Vice Marshal Moore said: "The visit to Brize Norton is a wonderful opportunity to showcase the talent we have in the RAF and demonstrate how we train and make decisions under pressure.

"I know from previous work with the England set-up that the mental edge the squad will develop is likely to be the difference between winning and losing the Rugby Union World Cup in Japan, and I am delighted we can help develop the cognitive resilience of the players and coaching staff."