London - England coach Eddie Jones wants his England team to
get the basics spot-on whilst being able to increase the tempo of the game at
the correct moments.
Jones confirmed that recruitment for his coaching team has
ceased ahead of the Six Nations. Paul Gustard will coach defence, Steve
Borthwick the forwards, Ian Peel will assist with the scrum and Jones, himself,
will coach England’s attack.
In his first interview of 2016, and ahead of his first squad
announcement on Wednesday at 2pm, Jones said getting the basics right was a
“Nothing goes away from the meat and potatoes of the game,”
he told the RFU’s official website. “You have got to be able to win your set
piece well and you’ve got to be able to defend well.
“Then the plus bit for England is being able to attack well
and that’s the area that takes time because it is more complicated, it is more
complex. The reality is we have got to make sure we get the simplicity in our
players so that they are able to attack with freedom and express themselves.”
Jones said he felt absolutely no pressure from the media,
former players or Premiership head coaches to pick certain players in his first
“The pressure is on the player. If the player hasn’t been
selected, he hasn’t done well enough. It’s as simple as that. At the end of the
day the players select themselves because they express themselves in the way I can
see them being a profitable part of a winning England team.”
The Australian, who joined England after leading Japan to
three victories at the Rugby World Cup, further explained his coaching
“The coach is a servant to the player. We’ve got to ensure
we give the player everything they need to perform well because, at the end of
the day, when we play on Saturday at two o’clock, or whatever it is against
Scotland at Murrayfield, it is the players that are playing not the coaches.”
And Jones expects his team to be able to play with pace at
the right times. “You have to be able to increase the tempo of the game. The
old days when you could just strangulate teams - yes you can do that every now
and then in Test matches - but you’ve got to be able to increase the tempo of
the game at various times.
“You see everything that is being done in the game at the
moment. The latest example is the maul law. Everything is being done to speed
the game up.”
Jones said he wants England to ultimately be the “most
dominant team in the world” but stressed that all starts with beating Scotland
on February 6.