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SPORTS AGENDA: English coach Eddie Jones has a team harmony plan ahead of the Rugby World Cup

Eddie Jones recorded lessons on Japanese history as part of World Cup preparations in England, and gave his backroom staff a copy of Japan: the Paradox of Harmony before flying to the tournament last week.

The book, by Keiko Hirata and Mark Warschauer, charts Japan’s economic growth after World War II and examines elements of Japanese culture.

Jones, who has a Japanese mother and has lived and worked in the country, would like his players and staff to gain insight into the host country.

Eddie Jones has recorded history lessons as part of preparations for the World Cup in England

Eddie Jones has recorded history lessons as part of preparations for the World Cup in England

While last month’s Super Cup may have ended in controversial circumstances, with Liverpool goalkeeper Adrian out of his line saving the crucial penalty, Sports Agenda understands that UEFA was very happy with referee Stephanie Frappart’s performance.

So much so that a senior source revealed they expect to see all-female official teams in English football within five years.

UEFA was delighted with referee Stephanie Frappart after the Super Cup final

UEFA was delighted with referee Stephanie Frappart after the Super Cup final

UEFA was delighted with referee Stephanie Frappart after the Super Cup final

Watford’s larger-than-life striker Troy Deeney follows an MBA. The 31-year-old skipper from Hornets left school without GCSEs and trained as a bricklayer before starting his football career.

However, Deeney returned to education and earned math, English and science qualifications – and will now take things to the next level with one eye on life after hanging his boots.

Watford striker Troy Deeney is pursuing an MBA as he prepares for life after football

Watford striker Troy Deeney is pursuing an MBA as he prepares for life after football

Watford striker Troy Deeney is pursuing an MBA as he prepares for life after football

The ECB’s website states that it “undertakes to eliminate ticket sales as much as possible”. That will be news for gamblers forced to pass the dingy ticket sellers down the street from Oval Station to the cricket ground.

Similar problems were noticed at other test locations this summer. The ECB has lobbied the government to put a stop to the dark business and will have to do it again.

Kosovo will transfer their regular team hotel, the Emerald, to England when Gareth Southgate’s side in Pristina plays their Euro 2020 qualification in November, as a mark of respect for Britain’s role in rescuing Serbian forces 20 years ago .

Errol Salihu, general secretary of the federation, affirmed, “We want them to have the best as a symbol of goodwill and to thank the English people.”

NATHAN LYON’S ABUSE CONTINUES BEYOND THE PALE

The reception for Australia’s cricketers was, as expected, not the most welcoming. Few could blame fans of England for letting tourists know what they think about last year’s ball-tampering scandal.

However, it went too far on the first day of the last test in the Oval when a few gamblers started speaking Nathan Lyon close to the border.

The pair began to make bold comments about the spinner’s family, prompting Lyon to file a complaint with the ground crew. And when the flight attendants came to the scene, those in the area, shocked by what they had heard, quickly sat on the culprits – who were thrown out.

Some fans at Old Trafford went too far with comments to Nathan Lyon

Some fans at Old Trafford went too far with comments to Nathan Lyon

Some fans at Old Trafford went too far with comments to Nathan Lyon

After the sudden announcement that Sunday would be Garry Richardson’s dazzling final appearance on BBC Radio 5 Live’s Sports Week, attention has shifted to what comes next for the Sunday morning slot. For twenty years, Richardson, who went of his own accord, set the agenda along with his selection of fine guests. Serious sports journalism to be cherished.

There is concern that 5 Live, without a controller after Jonathan Wall’s promotion to head of BBC Sounds, will opt for a ‘crazy’ gum-in-the-ear replacement to attract a younger crowd. We hope this will not be the case.

The Premier League’s search for a new member of their communications team can take almost as long as their hitherto unsuccessful hunt for a new director, a role not fulfilled 14 months after Richard Scudamore announced his departure.

After two months of contact with headhunters, the League has compiled a list of candidates who have been instructed to prepare for four rounds of interviews. Unlike the much-maligned test of owners and directors, the League cannot be accused of not doing their homework.

The Premier League is still looking for a CEO to replace Richard Scudamore

The Premier League is still looking for a CEO to replace Richard Scudamore

The Premier League is still looking for a CEO to replace Richard Scudamore

It was a turbulent time for British Airways, but at least there is good news for the country’s flag carrier. Sports Agenda understands that Team GB will use BA again to bring their tour group to next summer’s Olympics in Tokyo.

The airline has recently had to cancel a number of flights due to a bitter wage conflict with its staff, but Team GB officials are confident they are in safe hands. Some employees have already flown with BA to conduct reconnaissance work in Japan and have encountered no problems.

Collaborators: Matt Hughes, Joe Bernstein

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