England coach Eddie Jones will bend the ear of West Ham boss David Moyes as he continues his preparation for the Calcutta Cup clash with Scotland this Saturday.
Moyes has been invited to attend training in Surrey on Tuesday morning alongside his Hammers assistant Stuart Pearce, former Spurs striker Les Ferdinand and ex-England Womens coach Hope Powell, before they take part in a Q&A session.
It is not the first time that Jones has turned to football for advice. Gareth Southgate watched an England session during last year’s Six Nations, while the Australian has also previously visited Antonio Conte, Pep Guardiola and Carlo Ancelotti and spent time with Newcastle’s Academy at the start of the season.
Jones has spoken about his use of tactical periodisation — a method used by Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho — and hooker Jamie George believes there are lessons to be learned from football.
“I am sure there is a crossover in terms of sport science,” George said. “I know our sport scientists are very interested when [football coaches] come in, in terms of the GPS data they produce and how they measure the heart rate and all the rest of it.
“It’s anything with regards to what culture they are trying to produce, how they deal with setbacks. Whatever we’re going through at the minute, anything we can learn from them, we’ll take from them.
“[Footballers] are definitely under the microscope, they have to deal with a lot of pressure. Just like we do. There’s a lot of hype around the Six Nations, that’s a crossover you can find. I love meeting new people and trying to learn from those guys.”
Meanwhile, Owen Farrell has been passed fit to face Scotland at the setting of his Test debut knowing he will line up alongside the boyhood friend who was present as a fan when his England career began.
Six years ago, Farrell won the first of 59 caps at Murrayfield and was supported from the stands by Saracens teammate George, who will also be in action in Saturday’s Six Nations clash.
George has seen the England playmaker develop from a “big lad from Wigan” into one of the sports greatest players.
“I was at his first international appearance in 2012. I was randomly at a 21st birthday, but I was in the stadium when we won 13-6 — it was a thriller,” George said.
“We grew up together and started playing together when we were 14. We’re really good mates — I’m an usher at his wedding — but we were different when he first came down to Saracens.
“He was a big lad from Wigan and I was a posh guy from Hertford, but we soon hit it off.”
Information from the Press Association was used in this report.