Arnold Schwarzenegger’s quote on the wall of England’s high performance centre has been erased after Eddie Jones revealed: “I’m not a big fan of his movies.”
The imprint of Stuart Lancaster’s regime is being removed from the squad’s Surrey training base by his successor as head coach, who has ordered his players to stamp their own mark on the £3.5million facility.
One of details that came to light after the failed World Cup were Schwarzenegger’s words inscribed on the changing room walls stating: “Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.”
Inspirational quotes were evident throughout the centre, which consists of an indoor pitch and extensive gym facilities, but they have fallen victim to Jones’ drive to “start afresh”.
“I’m not a big fan of his movies, so he definitely won’t be there,” said Jones at the RBS 6 Nations launch in south-west London.
“We’re starting afresh. In a lot of ways we’ve put a new coat of paint on the place.
“The players stay at the hotel and the hotel is a nice five-star hotel. That’s where they relax. But once they step into the training centre it’s about business. So we want the players to be involved in setting up the training centre.
“They already have little projects to get on with in how they want the training centre to be, because it’s their place of work.
“The framework is there because it’s an outstanding facility. It’s world-class and we have to make sure the players maximise their time there.”
Jones replaced Lancaster in the wake of England’s failure to advance from the group stage of their home World Cup and his reign begins in earnest against Scotland at Murrayfield on February 6.
The 55-year-old accepts, however, that the wave of optimism that has greeted his appointment has a limited lifespan and compares the relationship with his players to a “marriage”.
“When you first get married, you go on honeymoon, but honeymoon is not like real life.
“Anyone who is married knows that,” Jones said.
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