Eddie Jones has included lessons on Japanese history as part of England’s World Cup preparations, giving his backroom staff a copy of Japan: the Paradox of Harmony before they flew out to the tournament last week.
The book, by Keiko Hirata and Mark Warschauer, charts Japan’s economic growth after World War Two, as well as exploring elements of Japanese culture.
Jones, who has a Japanese mother and has lived and worked in the country, has been eager for his players and staff to gain an insight into the host country.
Eddie Jones has included history lessons as part of England’s World Cup preparations
While last month’s Super Cup may have ended in controversial circumstances, with Liverpool goalkeeper Adrian off his line when he saved the crucial penalty, Sports Agenda understands that UEFA were delighted with the performance of referee Stephanie Frappart.
So much so that one senior source disclosed that they expect to see all-female officiating teams in English football within the next five years.
UEFA were delighted with referee Stephanie Frappart after the Super Cup final
Watford's larger-than-life striker Troy Deeney is taking an MBA. The 31-year-old Hornets skipper left school with no GCSEs and trained to be a bricklayer before his football career took off.
However, Deeney returned to education, obtaining maths, English and science qualifications — and will now take things to the next level with one eye on life after he hangs up his boots.
Watford striker Troy Deeney is taking an MBA as he prepares for life after football
The ECB's website states that it is ‘committed to eradicating ticket touting wherever possible’. That will be news to punters forced to pass the grubby ticket sellers lining the street from Oval Station to the cricket ground.
Similar issues have been noted at other Test venues this summer. The ECB has lobbied the government to help stamp the murky business out and will need to do so again.
Kosovo will hand over their regular team hotel, the Emerald, to England when Gareth Southgate’s side play their Euro 2020 qualifier in Pristina in November, as a mark of respect to Britain’s role in saving them from Serbian forces 20 years ago.