Jones: Hard work ahead for Eng­land

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Ed­die Jones in­sists Eng­land’s rugby team still have a long way to go be­fore they can chal­lenge New Zealand and be con­sid­ered the best in the world.

Since Jones was handed the role of head coach, Eng­land have won nine straight games, claim­ing a Grand Slam and se­cur­ing a his­toric 3-0 white­wash in Aus­tralia.

Next up for Eng­land are au­tumn Tests against South Africa, Fiji, Ar­gentina and Aus­tralia. And Jones is seek­ing vast im­prove­ments in all ar­eas from his squad.

“We’ve got a lot of hard work ahead of us,” Jones told the BBC.

“We have se­ri­ous de­fi­cien­cies in our con­sis­tency, but that will come with time and with more de­tailed prac­tice. The All Blacks beat Wales by a big score, which just shows their in­cred­i­ble re­lent­less­ness.

“We don’t have that yet but that’s where we are aim­ing to go.”

While ask­ing his play­ers im­prove, Jones is also look­ing to sharpen his coach­ing skills by spend­ing time with the Orica GreenEDGE team at next month’s Tour de France.

“I’m keen to have a look at what they do be­cause I’ve got to get bet­ter,” added Jones. “If the team’s not con­sis­tent, then our coach­ing’s not good enough. You can never take your foot off the pedal.”

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