Rugby v currencies - A challenge for leadership

Rugby v currencies - A challenge for leadership

Rugby v currencies - A challenge for leadership

It’s not often that the world of international rugby and British politics collide. As Eddie Jones prepares his injury plagued squad for Saturdays fixture against the South Africa, Theresa May preps for another scrum with the EU. 

Andy Goode, Ex-England International and Head of Strategic Sales here at moneycorp provides his breakdown of England’s upcoming autumn series, kicking off with England v South Africa on 3rd November. 

This game will be a test for leaders on and off the pitch. With 17 players unavailable due to either injury or suspension, its presents Eddie Jones with both challenges and opportunities. Eight uncapped players will be able to showcase their talent to the nation, including Bath’s Zach Mercer.  On the flipside the squad is lacking the likes of Billy Vunipola and other power forwards. It is good to see that Manu Tuilagi has fought back from a series of injuries to win his place, as his calibre will be needed against a tough springbok team. 

England aren’t the only ones who are suffering squad depth, South Africa too are going to feel the hit of rules and regulations. As the game is outside of world Rugby‘s international window, many of their top players will be missing such as Faf de Klerk and Willie Le Roux.

Eddie Jones will want to make a statement with this starting game as greater tests for his squad lay ahead. Let’s not downplay South Africa though, who I rank as the third best team in the world behind Ireland and the All Blacks. The tour in the summer will be in the back of some players’ minds but home advantage will provide England with motivation for which is sure to be a taxing game for every player. 

The ZAR off the pitch

I was fortunate enough to live in South Africa, during my time playing for the Sharks. This was when Sterling was 10:1, which has tanked to 18. The rand is suffering from its own internal issues but don’t let that disgruntle you from visiting. Cape Town is beautiful and I was extremely lucky to wake up to 25 degrees every day during my time in Durban. It could also become an ever more important trading partner with the UK after Brexit. Theresa May has already pledged further investment in Africa and has promised to continue existing economic links such as the EU-wide partnership with the Southern African Customs Union. During her visit to Cape Town May danced with school children and announced plans to invest £4bn in support for African economies and to create jobs for young people. Such potential trade deals in the near future could see more eyes on the rand than ever before.

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