Italy v England - a unique experience

Wednesday 18 November 2020

More than 500 England Rugby Travel guests were treated to an unforgettable insight into the England squad thanks to an exclusive appearance from Eddie Jones and his coaches – Paul Gustard and Steve Borthwick.

The trio appeared at a unique England Rugby Travel special event on the eve of England’s 40-9 victory over Italy and wowed the audience with his honest approach to life as new coach.

“We want to be the best in the world by 2019” was his closing remarks as the trio answered questions on the captaincy, the make up of the squad, the start to the RBS 6 Nations and much more.

And with prize giveaways, signed shirts and birthday surprises, guests had a wonderful night. They were also treated to a warm up by World Cup winner Neil Back and former England coach Roger Uttley as they enjoyed drinks at a special venue in Rome.

“It was brilliant – probably the best eve of Test event I have ever been to,” said Steve Pugh, a regular England Rugby Travel booker. “The venue was great, Neil and Roger have a load of experience and were very funny but to get the three England coaches as honest and interesting as they were was fantastic.”

At the end of their Q & A, Eddie, Steve and Paul were treated to a standing ovation as they left the stage.

Mr and Mrs O’Sullivan, on their first England Rugby Travel experience, added: “I was not expecting such a great event. The reaction from the audience to the coaches said it all really. It’s a new era for English rugby and it really felt like we were playing a part in it.”