England coach Eddie Jones says he’s now entering his final chapter coaching England’s national rugby squad. He this week called on all senior stars in the team to improve their games if they’re to remain part of his World Cup strategy.
Jones recently shocked the rugby world when he left four of his most senior players out of a two-day training camp. Stuck without invites were Jamie George, George Ford, and Mako and Billy Vunipola. Captain Owen Farrell was surprisingly included – but not without a warning from Jones about “stoking” the fires if he’s to be selected to captain the squad’s autumn campaign against South Africa, Australia, and Tonga.
Leading into the 2023 World Cup will be a total of five campaigns, which Jones has now confirmed will be his last act before exiting his position of head coach for England.
Jones said the usual way is to draw something of a line in the sand after the Lions tour. This is a point in time where everything counts as it also means only two years remaining before the next World Cup, explained the England coach.
While Jones has made many a cut to his existing band of leaders, he’s emphasised that the door isn’t completely closed as far as the old guard is concerned. They’ll however have to make use of the opportunity presented to them to try and “find their best” he stressed.
Jones’ goal for the remainder of his term has been made clear: shape up or ship out.
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