England Rugby Team Using Judo Training
Martial arts has been a valuable training tool for athletes of many sports that may not involve fighting. Recently England’s rugby team has become proof of that, as head coach Eddie Jones has used judo training to prepare his players for their upcoming Autumn Internationals.
The 56-year-old Jones took over as England’s head coach last year, and is known for implementing unconventional training practices with his players.
Jones, an Australian, has invited four-time judo Olympian, Kate Howey, and GB coach JP Bell to work with the England rugby team this week. He says he was inspired by Team GB’s success during the Rio Olympics and believed the martial arts training could be beneficial to his players.
George Kruis, a player on the England team, embraces the new training methods and understands the ways in which a physically demanding sport like judo can help a rugby player.
"It is something new for us but there is going to be a purpose behind it," said Kruis. "We want to improve and we will explore every avenue."