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Conte taps Jones for that winning feeling

Press Association logoPress Association 23/02/2017 Matt McGeehan

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has visited England rugby coach Eddie Jones to tap into the winning mentality.

Jones has won all 15 of his Tests in charge since reviving England following their World Cup exit, while Conte has similarly rejuvenated the Blues during his first season in English football.

Chelsea enter this weekend's fixtures with an eight-point lead at the top of the Premier League, having finished 10th last term in defence of the 2014-15 title won under Jose Mourinho.

"We spoke about our experience and it was very interesting to speak to him (Jones)," Conte said on englandrugby.com. "Eddie is a winner and he is transferring that mentality on to the team."

Jones visited Chelsea's Cobham training base last April, when Guus Hiddink was interim boss, and on Wednesday Conte and assistant coach Steve Holland went to England's headquarters.

Chelsea play Swansea on Saturday, seeking a 12th home win from 13 league games this season.

Former Italy head coach Conte's compatriots play England in the Six Nations on Sunday at Twickenham.

Jones' men will be seeking a 17th successive Test win which would see them move within one of New Zealand's world record.

Conte last week said he would prioritise winning over keeping individual players happy, something Jones might concur with.

"It is important for me to compare my work and experience with another sport to gain inspiration and tactical ideas for the future," Conte added.

"For me it was very interesting to observe another sport and the differences between the two such as the physical aspect to their training as well as speak with Eddie Jones about the analysis side to the game."

England manager Gareth Southgate and several other Premier League bosses have met with Jones to exchange ideas. Former Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew was a visitor just this week.

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