Eddie Jones has delivered the ultimate riposte to ‘The Coach Whisperer’ Bradley Charles Stubbs, saying he had no idea who he is after Stubbs suggested the England rugby coach had gone ‘soft’.
Stubbs, a mind coach who has worked with a number of NRL clubs, the Queensland State of Origin team and former Wallaby coach Michael Cheika, claimed he was hired by Jones before the pair had even met after the Australian was given the keys to English rugby in late 2015.
In an interview with The Times, Stubbs said he was the one who masterminded the media strategy which helped England become a powerhouse that went on to win the Six Nations and sweep the Wallabies 3-0, the first time they had won a tour in Australia.
Stubbs, who also claims his voice has the ability to bring seriously ill people back from the brink of death, wasn’t especially impressed with the tourists in their defeat in Perth, suggesting Jones had lost his edge and needed to find his old mojo to get the best results.
“Eddie has gone soft. Eddie’s intensity creates energy,” Stubbs said. “That was why the RFU hired him. When I worked with him, we won nine games out of nine — the grand slam and we whitewashed the Wallabies. He then equalled the world record of consecutive Test wins.
“People said, ‘Eddie, you have got to change. You are too intense’. I read an interview with the captain [Courtney Lawes] and he said Eddie had completely changed. Well, so have the results.
“Everything is based on energy. They change the energy of what they do and the results follow. I love the crazy, intense Eddie because that is when he f—ing wins. What I am saying is, ‘Eddie, go back to what you were’.”
Jones would no doubt have been tempted to fire back, especially given he has appeared restless to have some fun in the media given the lack of provocation from Wallaby coach Dave Rennie. Instead, he hit The Coach Whisperer where he hurts the most – his ego – by saying he had never even heard of him, let alone worked with him.