Eddie Jones has urged his England gamers to bounce again from Sunday’s shock loss to Argentina however says he’ll proceed to make use of the Autumn Nations Series to experiment with a watch on subsequent 12 months’s World Cup.
Jones insisted he takes full duty for the 29-30 loss, believing he allowed consideration to stray in direction of the squad’s long-term expectations, and he expects a response after they tackle Japan this weekend.
“I was very disappointed with the last game,” head coach Jones mentioned. “We weren’t good enough and it was totally my responsibility.
“When your team doesn’t play to the potential you want, there is always something in the message that you’re giving the team that’s not quite clear.
“When I reflect on the game, we’ve been looking at a number of long-term strategies to get ourselves set for the World Cup, and maybe our focus wasn’t tight enough on the Argentina game. Maybe we were over-thinking a bit, and that’s entirely my fault.
“There’s a cluster of teams at the top of world rugby and we want to break that cluster, and to do that we have to have a number of ways to play the game. This next 11 months is to get enough equipment in our armoury so we can play in any way.”
Jones has made three modifications to his 36-player squad for Saturday’s conflict with the workforce he memorably steered to a well-known World Cup win over South Africa in 2015, with Northampton duo Tommy Freeman and Alex Mitchell becoming a member of Saracens hooker Jamie George in being referred to as up.
George’s return is a shock after he was initially anticipated to overlook out on your entire autumn collection after breaking two metatarsals whereas enjoying for Saracens early final month.
“The Saracens staff and our staff have done a great job on him,” Jones mentioned. “It shows the good collaboration between the club and the national team.
“I know he had a final check-up (on Monday) and both agreed he’s ready to keep progressing so we’re hopeful he’ll be in contention for the 23.”
Jones additionally hopes Manu Tuilagi can be handed match after he struggled with blisters within the loss to Argentina, and believes his efficiency in opposition to the Pumas greater than justified his choice.
“A blister can turn into many things so we’ll just wait and see,” Jones mentioned. “But everything at this time shows him to be in the best nick he’s ever been in, so after that hit-out on Sunday he’ll come into this game in much better condition than he was.”