Sunday 23 October 2016

Jones says he has no problem with England players being 'arrogant'

Published 03/02/2016 | 02:30

Eddie Jones. Photo: Reuters
Eddie Jones. Photo: Reuters

Eddie Jones has continued to dismantle the cultural foundations laid by the previous England regime by declaring he is happy for his team to be labelled arrogant as long as they are winning.

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Some felt England became too passive amid their desire to win friends under Stuart Lancaster, but Jones will allow his players to voice their expectations without fear of upsetting the management.

"Arrogance is only bad when you lose. If you are winning and you are arrogant then it is self-belief. When you lose it is being arrogant," Jones said.

"We are a side that is going to prepare well for Test matches. We're going to believe we can win Test matches and we're going to believe that we are going to be the best team in the world.

"Now if that's being arrogant then it is being arrogant. To me, it is belief about what we can be. I am quite happy for the players to talk about that because that is the way we are going to think and that is the way we are going to prepare."

Jones has apologised to Scotland coach Vern Cotter after last week's round of verbal sparring and backtracked by installing England as favourites for this Saturday's Calcutta Cup clash.

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