Kiwi to solve Pom pivot problems?
12 Jan 2009
Saracens coach Eddie Jones has urged England coach Martin Johnson to include New Zealand-born flyhalf Glen Jackson in his revised Six Nations squad on Wednesday.
This after Jones watched Jackson turn in a sublime performance against Bristol on Sunday. Jackson, a former Chiefs player, qualifies for England selection after spending three years in the country, and Jones believes he’ll be an asset to the beleaguered Poms, who’ve struggled to replace the injury prone Jonny Wilkinson.
“His goalkicking was good and his out-of-hand kicking is just wonderful. England should really consider having him in the squad,” Jones said.
“If they are going to have [Danny] Cipriani and [Toby] Flood as their major stand-offs maybe they should have someone like Jackson, who understands the game exceedingly well, in the squad to teach these younger guys how to play because I think they need a mentor.”
The 32-year-old Jackson said he would be open to an approach from Johnson.
“I’ve just had a son who is an Englishman, and in terms of where we live this is home,” he said. “There would be no greater honour than to play for the country that you live in, in terms of England.”