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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte broadens his horizons by visiting England's coach

By Matt McGeechan

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has visited England rugby head 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.

Conte said: "We spoke about our experience and it was very interesting to speak to him. Eddie is a winner and he is transferring that mentality onto 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 Bagshot to the England rugby training headquarters.

Chelsea play Swansea today, seeking a 12th home win from 13 league games this season and earlier this term won 13 successive Premier League games.

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

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

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," Conte added.

"For me it was very interesting to observe another sport."

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