With the World Cup preparations continuing, Eddie Jones is looking for an edge and asked Roy Keane to visit the England camp and meet with the backroom staff.
Per the Sun, Jones invited the former Republic of Ireland international to meet with the squad on Tuesday and give a talk. Afterwards, Keane sat down with the backroom squad for lunch.
Jones is a big football fan and has also met with Sir Alex Ferguson in the past.
It's a common tactic in the game. Keane has form in this regard after he met with Munster in England prior to their opening match of the 2005/6 Heineken Cup against Sale.
Donncha O'Callaghan cited this speech later in his career.
That day Keane spoke to us in Manchester, we were sponges to the information he gave us. Axel, a huge Manchester United fan, interrogated him with questions. “I don’t mind telling you lads but when I arrived here, my nutrition and diet was the worst at the club,” Keane said. By the time he left, a few weeks after our meeting in 2005, it was the best.
Heading away from that talk, we all resolved to change.
Joe Schmidt has even looked outside of sport and had singer-songwriter Christy Moore meet with players last year. At the time, the Irish coach said the experience "was fantastic."
England's World Cup prep continues this Sunday when they play Wales in their opening warm-up game.