'He's bleeding': Eddie used Bakkies video to motivate England
WATCH as England loose forward Nathan Hughes recalled how Eddie Jones once used a video of Bakkies Botha to motivate England before a match against the Springboks.
In an interview with RugbyPass, the 30-year-old Hughes, who last played for England in 2019, said Jones used video footage of Botha hyping himself up before the 2007 World Cup Final in Paris.
Jones was part of Jake White’s coaching tean that guided the Boks to World Cup glory that year. The Springboks beat England 15-6 in the Final.
“I remember the first conversation we had with Eddie in the meeting was about South Africa,” said Hughes.
“He brought up the Boer war and he just showed us videos of when Eddie was coaching South Africa in the finals in 2007 where Bakkies Botha is basically slamming his head in the changing room before they go out in that final, and the thing is all dented, he’s bleeding and he’s like ‘this is how much it means for South Africa to play against England’.”
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