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Greenwood has will to help out England again; RUGBY UNION.

WORLD Cup winner Will Greenwood could have a role on England's coaching staff when they tour Australia this summer.

The 43-year-old is better known these days for his role as a TV pundit, yet he revealed England chief Eddie Jones brought him into their training camp during their successful Six Nations campaign.

And Greenwood, who was yesterday unveiled as coach of the Barbarians for their Wembley clash with South Africa on November 5, says he would jump at the chance to help out again.

"I spent a little bit of time in camp," he said. "I tried to be under the radar, but I was at Pennyhill. I would rather Eddie answered what I did there.

"But Eddie Jones is brilliant. I've seen him operate. Going to Australia with him as a backs coach if it was him doing it in a small, tight-knit group? "If Eddie felt as though he wanted some advice he would ask for it. But I would have no hesitation having watched how he operates."

Greenwood's current coaching experience extends no further than working with children and taking sessions with his local club Maidenhead.

Yet on Bonfire Night he will be alongside ex-Australia head coach Robbie Deans taking on the Springboks for the Killick Cup in front of 90,000 fans.

However, Greenwood remains relaxed about his coaching ambitions, and gives the impression he is just as happy on the touchline at Maidenhead's Braywick Road ground as he would be at Wembley or Twickenham.

"I have a young family and I'm looking at what I'm going to do over the next five or six years," he added. "At the moment I genuinely see myself as a Tuesday and Thursday-nighter at Maidenhead.

"I love the innocence, the competitiveness. We were 39-0 up against Windsor at the weekend and conceded two late tries. I know exactly how we did it. We won 39-14 but it's still bugging me now.

"I enjoy being out on a rugby field coaching young people. I have no five-year plan to take over from Eddie Jones when he finishes. I just want to be part of a Maidenhead side that is more competitive next season, and not finish fourth.

"I loved (being at the England camp), But I followed that up four hours later on the 4G pitch at Maidenhead, and I loved that.

"I'm not a recognised coach in any way, shape or form. At the highest level my coaching experience is zero. But being on a field with a ball trying to identify space to an eight-year-old, or a 23-yearold down at Maidenhead, I do all the time.

"But the Barbarians is an opportunity to work with some rather special players."


World Cup winner Will Greenwood pictured during his days as an England player

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Article Type:Travel narrative
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Date:Mar 24, 2016
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