Wednesday 11 December 2019

Jones: I got England team wrong for final

Eddie Jones. Photo: Getty Images
Eddie Jones. Photo: Getty Images

Eddie Jones believes he made a selection error for England's Rugby World Cup final against South Africa, admitting he missed an opportunity to refresh his squad after the semi-final defeat of New Zealand.

Jones is overseeing the Barbarians this week for the invitational side's match against Fiji at Twickenham on Saturday, something he labelled as "a great honour".

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The game comes a fortnight after England's comprehensive 32-12 defeat by the Springboks and Jones says that he may never be able to watch the final back.

"I haven't watched it and I probably won't watch it," he admitted. "But I know in my head where we could have probably made improvements. One area was that I probably made a mistake in terms of selection. That's all with the benefit of hindsight, but I should have refreshed the team for the final.

"Apart from that, it was one of those days. Sometimes they start the game brilliantly and things come off for them. We started the game a little bit off, lacking a tiny bit of energy because we'd played four big games in a row. That's the reality of it - we just came unstuck."

Jones would not elaborate on the specific selections that he would alter, but did say that the disappointment would linger.

"It's replayed every day," he said. "Every time I wake up the World Cup is there in front of me. It's there all the time and will be for a while. But you have to move on."

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