Eddie Jones has reacted to the brand new Gallagher Premiership season being launched with a glut of tries by warning his England gamers they are going to be dropped if they’re weak in defence.
The opening three rounds of the competitors have seen the whitewash breached 141 occasions, however Jones sees hazard on this attacking success as he plans for an autumn marketing campaign that features Tests towards New Zealand and South Africa.
Backs specifically have been instructed that they neglect a essential factor of the sport in pursuit of tries at their peril.
“The commitment to make a tackle is important in rugby and the players that we select will have to be committed to make them. Players that don’t won’t get picked,” Jones stated.
“You saw how important it was in the Rugby Championship and on the summer tours, especially now that the ball is spread more than two passes only 30 per cent of the time.
“The ability to make an effective tackle not only stops the opposition going forward, but also creates a transition opportunity or a turnover opportunity, so backs who can take the legs away from the opposition are so important.
“We will be looking for players that are productive with the ball and without the ball.”
England open their autumn towards Argentina November 6, when there’s the chance that Manu Tuilagi might play his first worldwide in a yr.
The harmful Sale centre limped off early towards South Africa with a hamstring harm incurred whereas operating in a attempt to he missed the Six Nations with points to the identical muscle earlier than being dominated out of the Australia tour due to a knee downside.
“Manu is in a good spot at the moment. He has been working hard at getting the balance of his preparations right, his body weight is good, his skinfolds are good,” Jones stated.
“He probably hasn’t been as effective in the games as he would have liked, but it’s early in the season and there are some good signs at the moment.”