Sunday 22 July 2018

'The abuse isn't nice, so you have to keep away from that' - Eddie Jones keen to move on from train incident

England head coach Eddie Jones
England head coach Eddie Jones

Duncan Bech

Elliot Daly is available for England's NatWest 6 Nations clash with France on Saturday after completing his recovery from ankle and calf problems.

The British and Irish Lions wing could make his first appearance of the tournament when the team's ailing title defence resumes in Paris having proved his fitness during a training session at Twickenham on Saturday.

"Elliot trained very well and is definitely in contention for selection. He's a very good player," head coach Eddie Jones said.

Jones is expected to keep changes to a minimum when he names his team to face France on Thursday morning with Daly a possible replacement for Jonny May.

Nathan Hughes is set to continue at number eight having benefited from a further two weeks of training after making his comeback from a significant knee injury in the 25-13 defeat by Scotland.

"Nathan will definitely be better for the run against Scotland, he's still a bit off the pace but is moving in the right direction," Jones said.

Jones reiterated his decision to no longer use public transport having been verbally and physically abused over the two legs of his train journey from Edinburgh to London via Manchester on February 25.

Video footage of one incident filmed outside Manchester Oxford Road station has seen the Scottish fans who turned on the Australian after he had posed for a selfie widely condemned.

"I don't think so (will have more security in place)," Jones told Sky Sports News.

"That was probably just a unique situation after quite a big build up to the game when a number of Scottish people said things.

"They had a great result and coming back on the train, there were a lot of people who were happy and that happiness boiled over into a bit more. In that situation, I wouldn't go on a train again.

"In all honesty, I just got on with it. It's part of the job and in my job you either get abused, you get slapped on the back and told how good you are or you get advice.

"It is always one of those three coming at you. The abuse isn't nice, so you have to keep away from that.

"I've had that, so maybe I have had it for a couple of weeks and won't get it for a while now.

"I have never wanted anything to be made of it. I didn't bring it forward, I was just happy that it was finished. All I am worried about is coaching well against France."

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