Jones not fo­cus­ing on fu­ture with Eng­land

Mercury (Hobart) - - RUGBY -

EDDIE Jones is only think­ing about his role as Bar­bar­ians coach this week af­ter re­fus­ing to talk about his fu­ture as Eng­land men­tor.

The Aus­tralian will be in charge of the fa­mous rugby union in­vi­ta­tional side for the first time to­mor­row when they do bat­tle with Fiji at Twick­en­ham. It will take place only two weeks af­ter Jones’ Eng­land lost to South Africa in the World Cup fi­nal in Ja­pan.

For­mer Wal­la­bies coach Jones’ con­tract with the English Rugby Foot­ball Union is only un­til 2021, but ear­lier this month RFU chief ex­ec­u­tive Bill Sweeney ad­mit­ted it “makes sense” for the 59-yearold to con­tinue un­til the World Cup 2023 in France.

“The only thing I’ve been wor­ried about this week is coach­ing the Bar­bar­ians. It’s a highly en­joy­able ex­pe­ri­ence and it’s a great hon­our,” Jones said yes­ter­day.

“There is noth­ing to think about. It is done and dusted. I can’t do any­thing about what’s hap­pened. The next thing I’m go­ing to do is make sure this Bar­bar­ians’ side play some great rugby, so that’s the only thing I’m wor­ried about.”

Six Aus­tralians will get the chance to play un­der Jones for the clash with Fiji. Brumbies duo Pete Samu and Joe Pow­ell have been se­lected along­side Mel­bourne Rebels quar­tet An­gus Cot­trell, Billy Meakes, Luke Jones and Matt Philip.

They will line-up along­side World Cup winners Tendai Mtawarira and Maka­zole Mapimpi, while for­mer Ire­land cap­tain Rory Best will skip­per the side and make one fi­nal ap­pear­ance be­fore re­tir­ing.

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