Six Nations

Jones wants England to emulate Ashes heroes

2016-03-11 08:26
Eddie Jones (Getty)

London - Eddie Jones is such a huge cricket fan he once said his idea of retirement would be watching Test matches in the West Indies.

So it is unsurprising the Australian, the first overseas coach of the England rugby union team, has drawn a cricket analogy as his side continue their quest for a Six Nations Grand Slam against Wales.

Cricket Tests are often won by the side with the better fast bowlers and Jones wants his side to emulate the aggression of such English Ashes-winning quicks as Fred Trueman, Frank Tyson, John Snow, Bob Willis and Stuart Broad at Twickenham on Saturday.

"You go back to the great Ashes cricket series. When have England won Test matches?" Jones said Thursday.

"When they've had two fast bowlers - or are least one - who wants to rip every Aussie batsman's head off. To me, that is English sport.

"I'm not an Englishman but I reckon I understand what makes English sport tick and we need to be aggressive.

"Games have been played against Wales since 1881. The score is very close - it's 58-57 (to England).

"There's that intense rivalry there and you're never going to get away from that. There's this little country sitting there next to a big country. It's little brother, big brother."

England hold the Ashes after beating Australia 3-2 on home soil last year when they too were coached by an Australian in Trevor Bayliss, who remains in charge of the side.


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