England rugby players told by chiefs to behave more like Gareth Southgate’s World Cup heroes (…yes, you read that right)

RUGBY chiefs want their England players to behave like footballers.

Yes, you did read that correctly!

 Eddie Jones' England have been told to behave more like the country's football heroes

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Eddie Jones' England have been told to behave more like the country's football heroes
 England reached the semi-finals of the World Cup and united the nation

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England reached the semi-finals of the World Cup and united the nation

RFU chief executive Steve Brown was knocked sideways watching the football World Cup this summer and the way Gareth Southgate’s men conducted themselves.

They earned legions of fans by engaging with supporters and keeping a smile on their faces all the way to the semi-finals in Russia.

In contrast, Red Rose stars Mike Brown and Joe Marler hit back at angry fans after June’s 23-12 second Test loss to South Africa in Bloemfontein.

Brown, especially, was not impressed after being accused of being a non-trier.

 Mike Brown was accused of not trying his hardest in England's series loss to South Africa

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Mike Brown was accused of not trying his hardest in England's series loss to South Africa

And Twickenham chief Brown insists that England’s rugby team use the Southgate model as they plot their way to their own World Cup in Japan next year.

He said: “There was a humility and modesty about the footballers. They all wanted to win and were planning to do their best, which they did, but there was something nice about the attitude of the players.

“One key thing I liked about it was that many of the players were good role models for the sport.

“If you were a young kid watching it, you would be impressed by it.

 Eddie Jones will be asking England boss Gareth Southgate for tips

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Eddie Jones will be asking England boss Gareth Southgate for tips
 Southgate was praised throughout the tournament for his attitude and coaching methods

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Southgate was praised throughout the tournament for his attitude and coaching methods

“That is great for football and that is what we need to do and I think we do already.”

Southgate has been to England rugby training sessions in Bagshot.

And Brown says head coach Eddie Jones will be bending Southgate’s ear ahead of autumn Tests against the Boks, New Zealand, Japan and Australia.

He added: “Southgate did a brilliant job and England were fantastic — representing our nation brilliantly.

“They deserve all the compliments they’ve had. If there are lessons to be learned and discussions to be had, I’m sure Eddie will have those. He knows Southgate pretty well.

Eddie Jones is in hot water after damning video footage emerged of him calling Ireland SCUM and Wales a little s*** country

 England's rugby team will model themselves on the football team as they plot their way to their own World Cup in Japan next year

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England's rugby team will model themselves on the football team as they plot their way to their own World Cup in Japan next year

“I’d like to inspire the nation as much as the football guys did as we head into the 2019 World Cup.”

Brown also added that England’s players will not suffer a wage cut despite the cutbacks at HQ.

Players currently trouser around £22,000 per Test and that will stay the same despite Twickers having to lay off 62 staff in the next few weeks.

He said: “England can afford the players’ salaries. It is high but reasonably well contained.

“There is a reasonable performance element to it as well.”

RUGBY chiefs want their England players to behave like footballers.