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Tonight’s rugby news includes the awkward TV matchup between Jones and Woodward and the coach’s emergency surgery following the Dragons match.

Eddie Jones is said to be considering whether or not to take ITV’s offer to appear as a pundit during the Six Nations. Jones would join Sir Clive Woodward, one of his most outspoken critics of England, if he were accepted.

After being fired as England head coach at the end of 2022 due to a disappointing fall, Jones is considering the offer to be an analyst during the 2023 tournament, according to The Telegraph.

It could result in an awkward pairing with the World Cup-winning coach, Sir Clive, in the studio if the Australian agrees. When comparing and contrasting how the new England coach did in his first season in charge, this would be of great interest to viewers at home.

Following Jones’ dismissal, Woodward wrote in his Daily Mail column: He will be remembered for his false rhetoric and unfulfilled promises. The history of English rugby probably won’t remember this period well.

England said he was sorry for Woodward because of the many attacks when he fired Jones: My apologies to Woodward. If that is the best thing he can do, he doesn’t have much to do.”

A return to Rugby Australia, where Jones led the team to the 2003 World Cup final against Sir Clive’s England, has been rumored, but it won’t happen until 2023. Dave Rennie, the Wallabies’ head coach, stated on Monday: It won’t happen before the World Cup. We have not discussed changing the coaching team; It doesn’t matter what happens after 2023.

Emergency abdominal surgery has been performed on Jake White, the 2007 World Cup-winning coach for South Africa.

The Vodacom Bulls in Pretoria, where White is currently director of rugby, reported that the two-hour operation was successful.

White, 59, complained of severe stomach cramps after arriving in South Africa from Wales on Sunday, where the Bulls had played their United Rugby Championship opponents, the Dragons.

Rathbone claimed that he had been to the Pretoria hospital with White on Monday.

On Saturday in Pretoria, the Bulls face Exeter, who are competing in the Heineken Champions Cup. They then travel to Lyon for a URC match against the Scarlets on January 27 in Llanelli.

Former Wales flyhalf James Hook anticipates that Warren Gatland will select some youngsters for his Six Nations squad in light of Gatland’s warning that George North cannot exclusively be relied upon at center for the next five to ten years.

As he nears the end of his recovery from surgery for four fractures in his cheekbone and eye socket, North is almost certain to be included in Gatland’s Six Nations squad next week. However, despite the fact that Gatland needs to win in 2023 right away.

Hook is hopeful that he will keep an eye on the future.

“It’s unbelievable the way he’s reinvented himself, from a winger to a 13, it’s a really difficult place to defend,”

Hook stated to Scrum V. It’s just a smooth transition for him. It’s absurd that it has 109 caps and is 30 years old. He must not be brought back too quickly. He has been seriously injured. Rushing him back until he is fully fit would be pointless.

The head coach commented, “I suppose you don’t realize how much we rely on George as a 13-year-old

rather than a winger.

” I believe that a trustworthy midfield partner is essential.

It’s possible that one of the first things Gatland will do when he arrives is bring that consistency to our

center and other positions selections. Every week, you should play with the same player, particularly as a center partnership or internationally during campaigns.”

He added, however: We must start looking into other players. We won’t be able to rely on George in the next five to ten years. Excellent performances have been delivered by Joe Roberts, Mason Grady, Keiran Williams, and others like them. We have to look to the future, and Gatland is not afraid to make decisions that we wouldn’t expect. There is a good chance that some of these young people will make the Six Nations team.

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