Zach Mercer enjoyed evolution in France with Montpellier, which he thinks could help him regain his place in England and repair his relationship with head coach Eddie Jones.
Rugby Paper said today that Gloucester is a favorite for getting a talented back rower when his contract with Montpellier expires at the end of next season.
“I remember the first phone call I had with him. He actually rang me and said ‘Dude, this is Eddie’ and I said ‘Oh, hello’, “Mercer said on the RugbyPass Offload podcast.
“I haven’t played for Bath in so long.” And he said, ‘Friend. “Do you want to play for England?” and I’m like ‘yeah.’ And Eddie says, “You don’t look like you want to play for England. You’re fat, you’re lazy. ”I said, ‘Oh, my God,’ and he said, ‘Yeah,’ and the phone call is done. And it is done. It’s end.
“I think he respects me a lot more that I took this opportunity to go to France because I wanted to develop my game.”
“I think he’s looking at me a little differently than before.”
Five Eddie Jones’ most infamous outpourings
Eddie Jones is famous for his bad moods and explosions in the locker room when he was the head of England.
# 1. Mike Brown
The former England defender put Eddie Jones in charge after claiming that he was on the side of the head coach when he was told he would not go to the 2019 World Cup.
“I told him, ‘Look, I understand that selection is what it is, but don’t put it on. You didn’t even ask me what happened. With all due respect, I didn’t really do anything. I don’t feel it was my fault. I didn’t drink much, two drinks or something. People were worse than me, and I was just trying to take care of my own business.
“So he just switched and turned to me, blinded and blinded.” It wasn’t nice.
“Be a man and tell me why I’m not chosen.” Don’t try to put it on because it doesn’t. It is quite clear and obvious that this is not the case.
“I asked him to tell me what he thought happened, and he said, ‘My security guard was there, they told me what happened.'”
“I said, ‘Show me what they said happened,’ because he said he wrote the news. He wouldn’t give it to me.
“He said, ‘Who do you think you are?’ because I came back to him and he doesn’t like it.
“Too bad it’s over.” I wanted to be clear why they didn’t choose me, not some fictional apology. “