London - England head coach Eddie Jones has
warned several of his Grand Slam winners they could be dropped for the tour to
Australia because he is unhappy with their complacent attitudes.
Jones is frustrated with the way four or
five of the players who helped England land the Six Nations title have
performed since returning to their clubs.
While refusing to name those at risk of
missing the three-Test series against the Wallabies in June, Jones has made it
clear they must use the remainder of the season to redeem themselves.
"If you look at the players we used
for the Six Nations I'd say at this stage 27 or 28 of them have played with
distinction," Jones told reporters on Friday.
"But there are four or five who
haven't and those guys are on notice that they won't be going on tour unless
they change their approach to their play.
"What they're doing in games is not
good enough and they won't be going on tour unless they change their attitude.
It's not talent, it's attitude. They have not put their bodies on the line for
When asked if he has spoken to the players
in question, Jones said: "They've got the message one way or another.
"I'm hopeful they will turn it around,
I'm always hopeful they will turn it around. Players have got to understand
this is part of the deal of being with England now.
"I was coaching Australia in 2004 when
we put 51 points on England in Brisbane. We knew they were in the pub drinking
on the Thursday night.
"If we have any of that sort of
attitude then those players won't be in the squad, it's as simple as
Jones knew which members of his squad were
capable of having their heads turned after England completed a first Grand Slam
since 2003 and would have no qualms about ending their international careers if
they don't change their ways.
"Who is on the list doesn't surprise
me. They have agents and people telling them how good they are. They read the
newspapers and listen to the TV commentators," Jones said.
"This is one of the most difficult
things about English rugby - everyone wants to have heroes. That's the reality.
These guys get their heads filled.
"You have agents saying 'wear these
shoes, this guy will look after you, you are fantastic'.
"The agents are good-game people,
slapping them on the back telling them how good they are. The players get ahead
"There are a few guys who have done
that and before they left I knew who they would be.
"Now they need to sort themselves out
otherwise their English careers will be something that's a good memory for
Meanwhile, Jones also revealed he may take
rugby league convert Ben Te'o to Australia.
Jones plans to add Te'o to his midfield
options as soon as possible, but his availability for the three-Test series
against the Wallabies hinges on his eligibility due to Twickenham's refusal to
select players based overseas.
The Auckland-born 29-year-old leaves
Leinster for Worcester at the end of the season and the date of his
registration for the Premiership club will decide his fate.
If England are cleared to take him to
Australia, Jones views inside centre as his most likely home.
"Te'o is a possible. The boy can play.
He was an absolutely outstanding rugby league player," Jones said.
"He can go through the line, he has a
short passing line and he hits. You don't want to run down his channel when he
is defending at 12.
"Potentially we are going to have
three world-class options at 12: Manu Tuilagi, Te'o and Owen Farrell."