England Star Backs Up Sean O’Brien & Says Eddie Jones Would Have Won The Lions Series

“If Eddie Jones went as coach they would have won 3-0.”

Billy Vunipola reckons Sean O’Brien is probably right in his criticism of Warren Gatland and his Lions coaching team. O’Brien reckons the Lions should have won the series, and blamed the coaches for their poor preparation.

O’Brien said the Lions overtrained ahead of the Test games, and that attack coach Rob Howley was unable to take control, with Owen Farrell and Johnny Sexton taking over. Vunipola was due to travel with the Lions this summer but pulled out with injury and believes what O’Brien says is likely true.

“This is a bit of changing room talk that has actually surfaced for the first time I guess in rugby terms.” Vunipola told the BBC
“I wasn’t there on tour but I guess if he (O’Brien) is saying it and the authority he said it with, he’s probably right.”

Vunipola also reckons if England boss Eddie Jones was in charge, they would have won the series 3-0.

“For me to sit here and say the Lions would have probably won is wrong. But personally my opinion is that if Eddie Jones went as coach they would have won 3-0. He is that good.”
“I don’t know how he would have done it, but Eddie would have found a way. Eddie has changed our mindset at England from always accepting we can’t always be too outspoken and confident and he’s really helped us a team to kick on.”

We can’t wait to hear what Gatland has to say about all this.

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Jason Hennessy

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