Rugby

Jones: England to benefit from Lions tour

2016-12-08 11:03
Eddie Jones (Getty)

London - England coach Eddie Jones believes his team will gain in the long-term from the British and Irish Lions' tour to New Zealand in 2017.

England forwards coach Steve Borthwick has been named as one of Lions boss Warren Gatland's assistants and Jones feel Borthwick's appointment will benefit England when they face the All Blacks in 2018.

"It's a great learning experience for him and he gets the opportunity of learning how to beat the Kiwis, which is important," Jones told Sky Sports.

"He's a very analytical coach, a very serious coach and he knows more about lineouts than anyone else in the world.

"He gets the chance to learn about New Zealand rugby culture and the chance to play basically 10 Tests against the best players in New Zealand and by the end of it, if he hasn't beaten New Zealand he should know how to beat New Zealand."

England are on a 14-match unbeaten run, 13 of which was won under Jones' guidance in 2016, and the All Blacks have won 13 out 14 Tests this year.

Jones believes he already has an idea of what England must do to beat the world champions.

"New Zealand are very good at the unstructured part of the game, when the game is in a disorganised state," he said.

"That's an area we have improved immeasurably in but to beat New Zealand we will have to be as good as them in that area.

"When they get a ball in an unstructured situation the ability of our defence to reorganise itself quickly and kill the threat or to slow them down is going to be really important.

"We want to be the No 1 team in the world. We want to come up with a game to beat them but we want to come up with a game to beat anyone in the world.

"We talk about it all the time. And the great thing is the players are now starting to talk about it. And if you say things enough times you believe it."

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