Former Wallabies coach Jones’s side raced to a 12-0 lead in Bloemfontein on Saturday before the Springboks got into the game and over-ran them 23-12 to secure the series.It’s the second week in a row England have let a lead slip, with South Africa coming back to win 42-39 in Johannesburg.The defeat on Saturday was the sixth overall on the trot for England, who also lost to the Barbarians before they left for South Africa.The tide has seemingly now turned for England and Jones after they rode an unprecedented run of success and looked like a favourite for next year’s World Cup in Japan.”England … find themselves in a state of freefall, with questions mounting about how can they arrest it,” Gavin Mairs wrote in the Daily Telegraph.”The series defeat, on the back of their fifth-place finish in the Six Nations, has stripped Eddie Jones’ side of the status of genuine contenders for next year’s World Cup.”Mairs also suggested Jones’ job security was now in question, particularly given their fixtures as they finetune their World Cup preparations.Jones was initially lauded when he took the job after England were knocked out of the 2015 World Cup in the pool phase and led them to 18 successive wins.Three losses in the Six Nations this year, despite high hopes of becoming the first side to win three successive titles since it expanded in 2000, however, have seen the team slip to fourth in the world.”One hundred and twenty-six days have now elapsed since England last won a game of test rugby and the long wait goes on,” Rob Kitson wrote in The Guardian.”Whatever magic dust Jones scattered earlier in his tenure has long since disappeared into the ether.”The postmortem will become even messier if England are flattened again at Newlands, raising fresh doubts about the effectiveness of Jones’ training methods and whether or not he can drag things back between now and the World Cup.”
Ahmed-Green and the Drake track and field teams return to competition Friday, Jan. 20, at the Tiger Invite, hosted by the University of Missouri. Ahmed-Green, a member of the Drake track and field team, was named the Missouri Valley Conference Female Track Athlete of the Week following her performance at the Holiday Inn Invite, hosted by the University of Nebraska. Ahmed-Green won the 400 meters with a time of 56.50, just shy of her indoor personal best. She also finished third in the 200 meters with a time fo 25.14, missing her personal best by one one-hundreth of a second. Ahmed-Green also ran the leadoff leg on the 4×400-meter-relay that finished in second place with the seventh-fastest time in school history in 3:50.61.Academically, Ahmed-Green holds a 3.85 grade point average as a Law, Politics & Society major at Drake. About Drake Graduate & Professional ProgramsDrake University offers graduate and professional programs in business, law, health care, leadership, education, public administration, counseling, executive education, and communication. At Drake, students discover proven outcomes, flexible scheduling for working professionals, and career advancement. Learn more about how Drake’s graduate and professional programs can take your career to the next level at www.drake.edu/graduate Print Friendly Version Rai Ahmed-Green, a junior from Irvine, Calif. has been named this week’s Bulldog Student-Athlete of the Week, presented by Drake Graduate and Professional Programs.