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Eddie Jones prepared to risk resting players for Springboks


It seems that the Springboks will not face the strongest possible England side in June when they come for a three test series.

In the wake of their defeat against Ireland over the weekend, the England side has now register three defeats against Scotland, France and Ireland in the last few weeks.

This made sure that they ended the 2018 Six Nations at the 5th position only Italy worst off than them.

This does not look good for Jones and his side after winning the Six Nations last year.

Jones also warned that the weekend may have been the last time certain players would have put the jersey on.

It looks like Jones may rest Lions players like Owen Farrell, Elliot Daly, Mako Vunipola and Maro Itoje for the South African tour, he told Telegraph 

“We still have to look at how we look after the Lions players,” said Jones, when asked about his selection for the tour.

“That’s still a concern for us. We will do that and that was always in the plans, but otherwise we will select how we always select.

“We’ve always looked at that. We’ll just see if there are any players who will benefit more from not going on the tour.”

Jones added: “When you have had the first two years that we have had, the third season was always going to be difficult.

“I don’t stand here saying I knew it would happen, but it was always going to be difficult because we shot up and we fixed some easy things.

“When you have a team that has vent been successful and there are a number of things that are wrong, there are some easy things to fix and you fix those.

“But harder things keep surfacing and are harder to fix. We are in the process of fixing them. What I am certain about is that we know what you need to fix.”

“We need more guys like Owen Farrell and to do that you need more time to develop. And when you are developing people who aren’t Owen Farrell and you are asking them to do other things, sometimes the weight of those things effects their performance in a negative way. So they seem less energetic, but in fact they are just trying to cope with the new responsibilities.

“Some people are born leaders and others aren’t. The ones who aren’t take a bit of time. Some guys spurt up, and some take a little longer. It’s like being in the classroom, some kids get their maths tables easily, some don’t. You just have to wait and see. That’s a big area for us guys to get right and it does take time.”


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  1. I think EJ knows that the Boks in SA under rassie are going to be a v different prospect and 3-zip against their best team will not only put him under big pressure, but will decimate their confidence going into RWC.

  2. Understandable. He has players who played the Lions tour, then came back to the premiership, then the year-end games, followed by 6 Nations, then back to premiership and then they have to be carted off to SA for 3 games?

    As a coach I would seriously get certain identified individuals away from their clubs for 4 weeks and have them not play any games.

  3. Eddie not sweating.
    Look how France, Scotland, & Australia can pull off decent showings in the WC recently when previously they are nose diving.
    Conversely look how Ireland can do the opposite & choke come WC tourney.
    No doubt due to their NZ coach lol.
    Eddie has his squad right where he wants them – wondering if they are good enough.

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