England’s Adam Radwan talks Eddie Jones’ stance following Emma Raducanu comments

As one of numerous young talents steadily stamping his mark on the England squad, Adam Radwan is quickly becoming accustomed to the motivational methods used by head coach Eddie Jones.

The Red Rose chief was criticised following a throwaway comment concerning Emma Raducanu, warning breakout star Marcus Smith to not become distracted by the spotlight as he purported the tennis prodigy has.

Harlequins star Smith, 22, received huge plaudits for his impact off the bench during England's 69-3 victory over Tonga on Saturday.

Eager to steer attention away from the team's apparent fly-half heir, however, Jones picked an odd target in Raducanu to illustrate his point about how off-field distractions can affect athletic performance.

"There's a reason why the girl who won the U.S. Open [Raducanu] hasn't done so well afterwards," Jones said. "What have you seen her on? The front page of Vogue, the front page of Harper's Bazaar, whatever it is, wearing Christian Dior clothes.

"He [Smith] is grounded, but they all start off grounded. No-one starts with their feet off the ground or they don't get in the team, or they don't win a U.S. Open. But there's this flood of distractions that comes in that makes you ungrounded."

Those remarks were dubbed "uninformed, irresponsible, sexist nonsense" by tennis commentator David Law, encouraging former England flanker James Haskell to jump to his former boss' defence.

Radwan, 23, increased his England try tally to four in two caps with the opening score against Tonga, putting him in good stead to retain his starting spot against Australia at Twickenham this Saturday.

Although Smith has grabbed a great bulk of England's rugby headlines of late, Newcastle Falcons weapon Radwan has almost as much reason to get carried away following a prolific start to his Test career.

Do you think Adam Radwan should keep his place in England's XV to face Australia? Let us know in the comments section.

There's sure to be some sense of gratitude towards Jones for handing him his England entry, but Radwan told the Rugby Union Weekly podcast his coach is merely focused on keeping his players grounded.

"What he means is don't lose sight of the important things. Make sure you are always being diligent and you are always working hard, and don't think you have made it," the Red Rose winger said.

"At this level it is so competitive and everyone wants to be in this position and this environment, so unless you are constantly working hard then someone else is going to take it."

One imagines there may have been an alternative way of painting that picture without a thinly veiled criticism of Raducanu, who turns 19 on Saturday.

The comment was poorly received considering, at the time of Jones' comparison, the teenager had only played four matches since winning the U.S. Open and won two of those.

Raducanu suffered a second-round exit at the Upper Austria Ladies Linz on Tuesday, losing 6-1, 6-7 (0), 7-5 to China's Wang Xinyu following complaints of a hip spasm.

The starlet was inundated by media pressure following her fourth-round elimination at Wimbledon in July but came back two months later to become the first British woman to win a Grand Slam since 1977.

Raducanu couldn't have answered her past critics in better fashion, and Jones' comments echoed those made by presenter Piers Morgan following her Wimbledon exit, which aged poorly.

One can only hope England's young prospects respond as hoped in Jones' bid to prevent his players growing big egos.

Radwan is currently averaging two tries per game for England having scored a hat-trick in his debut against Canada in July, though Saturday's clash with Australia will be far his biggest challenge to date.

It was only recently Jones applied a different kind of coercion on Radwan by likening him to South Africa counterpart Cheslin Kolbe, one of the most dangerous attacking threats in the sport.

But Radwan is at ease with that particular comparison, adding: "It's not a bad thing to hear; it probably puts a bit of pressure on, but I quite like that and feel I work quite well under pressure."

Source: Read Full Article