Egotistical Eddie Jones Must Act Ahead Of World Cup

Written by Chris Baxter
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The statistics make ugly reading for Eddie Jones and England rugby fans. Three Six Nations defeats in a row for the first time since 2006, a first defeat at Twickenham since October 2015 and England’s lowest ever Six Nations finish. It would be fair to state that Jones has a few questions to answer ahead of this summer’s tour to South Africa and next year’s World Cup.

Once regarded as New Zealand’s closest rivals for the Webb Ellis Cup, England are some way off challenging for the world title on current form. It could have been much worse for Jones’ side as well, had Gareth Anscombe’s try stood in their 12-6 victory over Wales. It is time for England to rebuild. That doesn’t necessarily mean wholesale changes, but certain tweaks are an absolute must.

Jones has his own, unique way of selecting a squad but that method has failed him this year. The Australian should now swallow his pride and listen to the cries for change; the likes of Courtney Lawes, George Ford and Dan Cole may struggle to retain their spot in the national setup. Too many England players are comfortable and that should not be the case – the competition for places should be intense. Owen Farrell, England’s standout performer this year, looks fatigued – as do many of those who represented the British & Irish Lions last summer. According to The Guardian, Farrell has played 1,084 minutes of rugby for Saracens this season, whilst Johnny Sexton has played 434 at Leinster. The gruelling Aviva Premiership campaign is unforgiving and England have less control over their national players than Ireland do.

England, currently a 6/1 shot over at William Hill to go on and win the World Cup, will face New Zealand in November and the outcome of that fixture could be telling. Jones has time on his side, but preparation for this summer’s tour of South Africa must be spot on. A wrong move here or there could be fatal to England’s chances of a second World Cup crown.

Should the RFU decide to part ways and look for a new head coach? Absolutely not. You won’t find too many England fans who want Jones gone – his record speaks for itself. Prior to this year, England had lost just once in his tenure and the Red Rose can get back to their brilliant best with the Australian at the helm. His way of dealing with the press is great but he simply cannot ignore England’s current predicament.

This England side is in tatters and Eddie Jones is a big reason for their recent failures. A quick response to their Six Nations struggles is needed if England are to build momentum in South Africa this summer – a series defeat would be catastrophic ahead of the World Cup. Most importantly of all, Jones has to realise where England went wrong. Too many players have underperformed and we could see a much changed team in the coming months.

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