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Eddie Jones: England head coach needs ‘higher rugby’ throughout Six Nations

2021-01-25 20:59:50

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Eddie Jones’ England begin their Six Nations defence in opposition to Scotland at Twickenham on 6 February

Boss Eddie Jones says England will likely be trying to “adapt and evolve” their gameplan in the course of the Six Nations.

England loved a fruitful finish to 2020, profitable each final yr’s Championship and the Autumn Nations Cup.

However they hardly ever deviated from a realistic type, which Jones has attributed to climate situations and the best way the sport is refereed.

“Possibly we’ve not performed in addition to we may have – and we need to play higher,” Jones stated.

“Our purpose within the Six Nations is to play higher rugby. It would not matter what number of occasions you kick the ball, it is the standard of rugby you play.”

England begin the defence of their title in opposition to Scotland at Twickenham on 6 February.

The Scots are in search of a primary victory in London since 1983, however got here away with a staggering 38-38 draw on their final go to in 2019.

In an in-depth interview on the newest Rugby Union Weekly podcast, Jones added: “I attempted to elucidate to the media why we have been taking part in like we did, and other people had judgment on it, which is nice, as a result of the extra individuals who speak about rugby the higher it’s. We find it irresistible, we love individuals speaking about completely different types.

“We do not say: ‘we’re going to play like this’. We need to play good, efficient rugby. And efficient rugby is getting the ball to the opposite finish of the sphere and scoring factors. That’s the forex we play by.

“If we will do it by operating and passing and being engaging, then we need to do this. If we will do it by kicking, we are going to do it that manner.

“So we’re all the time trying to adapt and evolve our sport. And the sport you play depends on the opposition and the referee.”

‘You’ll be able to’t coach intuition’

In a bid to offer England extra attacking choices, Jones has introduced the livewire Bristol scrum-half Harry Randall and Wasps’ dynamic wing-turned-centre Paolo Odogwu into his 28-man squad.

“Quoting [former Australia coach] Bob Dwyer, you’re all the time in search of gamers with the issues you’ll be able to’t coach. And the issues you’ll be able to’t coach are intuition and instinct,” Jones defined.

The inclusion of the diminutive Randall is a break from conference, with Jones normally preferring scrum-halves with a extra prosaic method, similar to cap centurion Ben Youngs and Gloucester’s Willi Heinz, the 2 quantity nines he took to the 2019 World Cup.

However Jones says Randall has been on his radar for some time and has “kicked on” this season at Ashton Gate.

“He does issues forward of the sport, which I like, and he backs himself. He is quick and he is powerful and he is cheeky,” he stated.

‘Revitalising the squad’

Each Randall and Odogwu are solely 23, with Jones persevering with to regulate the age profile of his squad earlier than the World Cup in France in 2023.

“We like the best way we’re revitalising the squad, slowly and certainly. We introduced via 9 new caps final yr and as you’ll be able to see the age profile of the squad is fairly good,” he continued.

“We are going to proceed to try this constructing as much as the World Cup in France in 2023. There’s a little bit of a method in making a World Cup squad.

“You’ve got to win firstly of the 4 years, as that’s forex and cash within the financial institution. After which you must work out what the profile of your squad must be.

“You want a squad on the World Cup that’s a median age of about 28, and common caps of about 40.

“We predict we’re in an inexpensive place.”

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