England’s Jones to train Sudbury, while Scully takes Norway job

DUAL ROLE: Sudbury head coach Ben Scully has been appointed the new boss of Norway
DUAL ROLE: Sudbury head coach Ben Scully has been appointed the new boss of Norway

Sudbury RFC have pulled off a major coup in bringing England head coach Eddie Jones in to take a coaching session at the club next month.

The Australian, who guided the England team to back-to-back Six Nations titles earlier this month, will be leading a light coaching session at the club on Friday, April 21.

Sudbury’s first team are set to finish their London One North campaign the next day when they host Saffron Walden at Whittome Field, and head coach Ben Scully- who has landed the Norway top job- is hoping it will motivate his players for their final day clash.

“I did a year long coaching internship with Eddie and the England team last year and he offered to come and take a session as a thank you to me,” Scully explained.

“We were hoping to do it just before the start of the Six Nations, but Eddie had other commitments which meant he couldn’t do it.

“It’s a reward for the team, it’s been a tough season but this should be a good day for the club.

“Hopefully it will attract some new faces and new sponsors and we can show people the facilities we have, and hopefully it will motivate the players for the game the next day.”

Away from Sudbury, Scully has this week been appointed the new head coach of the Norway national team.

The 28-year-old takes on the role alongside ex-Sudbury player David Cook, who will be his assistant, and is committed to keeping his position as head coach at Sudbury at the same time.

“It’s a really exciting opportunity for me,” Scully said.

“The players are a good, talented bunch and they’re very similar to Sudbury.

“They’re all eager to learn, challenge themselves and play exciting rugby.

“It’s a two to three-year project and in that time we want to help progress the national team and grow the game in Norway.”

Norway are currently ranked 92nd in the World Rugby rankings and sit in fourth place in this season’s Rugby Europe Conference Two North table.

Scully will be with Sudbury for their final game of the season on April 22, so will miss Norway’s next fixture away to Hungary on the same day, with his first game in charge a home tie with Estonia on May 6.

Sudbury remain 13th in London One North ahead of hosting Letchworth Garden City this Saturday (3pm).