London - New England coach Eddie Jones has vowed to create a
unique style for his team that builds on a strong set-piece, bulldog spirit in
defence while adding an extra attacking dimension and a flexibility to adapt to
Jones was last week named England coach, after leaving the
Stormers barely a week after being unveiled as the Cape franchise’s new mentor.
Jones, who coached Japan to three victories in Rugby World
Cup as well as leading Australia to the final in 2003, said he would not be
copying the current world champions New Zealand.
“I’ve got an idea of how rugby is played,” he told England
Rugby’s official website. “Traditionally, the teams that I have coached have
always had quite good attacks, I think.
“When you look at England rugby, what is the strength? It’s
always been the set piece. It has always had a strong set piece.
“So we don’t want to take that away. They’ve always been
good defensively. We want to have that bulldog spirit in our defence.
“But then we have to add things to the game.”
Jones said the players must buy in to creating a unique
style of play.
“We are not going to be copying how the All Blacks play at
all. We are going to create our own style of play and I want the players to
believe in that 100%.
“If we get that buy-in, which I am sure we will, then we are
going to have a strong side. Then we will have the All Blacks watching how
England play - now that would be nice wouldn’t it?”