Cape Town - England head coach Eddie Jones does not intend to target
rugby league players to strengthen his team ahead of the 2019 World Cup in
Jones' predecessor Stuart Lancaster brought in league
superstar Sam Burgess from South Sydney Rabbitohs prior to the 2015 World Cup.
The move did not succeed and the 28-year-old returned to Australia after a
tough period in union.
England did not perform well in the last event and became
the first home side to be knocked out of the tournament in the first round.
This led to Lancaster being replaced by Jones.
"We don't sign players - we are the Rugby Football
Union," Jones said to TalkingRugbyUnion.
"(RFU chief executive) Steve Brown doesn't come to me
and say 'here's £500 000, spend it on a player'. I don't have that option, I
can't influence recruitment.
"I can't say to Leicester 'you sign George Smith' - I
can't do that it, it is not my responsibility. It is a nonsense. That's not me.
That's not my job.
"My job is to pick from the Premiership clubs, we have
a relationship with the Premiership clubs, we select players from the
Premiership clubs. We don't tell them to recruit.
"If they want to recruit rugby league players and they
are good enough to play for England then we will pick them."