Eddie Jones: “We have to be daring”
England kick off their 2017 campaign against France on February 4th
Jones’ squad for the competition will be announced on 20 January
England head coach Eddie Jones insists the men in white must be daring if they are to claim back-to-back Grand Slam titles in this year’s RBS 6 Nations.
If Jones’ men can clinch a Grand Slam in 2017, they’ll be only the third English side in history to accomplish the feat of winning back-to-back titles.
“You don’t defend a Grand Slam, you have to win it again,” said Jones. “That is why we have to be absolutely daring going into this Six Nations.
“It is about courage to play a game really well, regardless of the situation.”
But the Aussies main focus remains on France, and a session-by-session approach to England’s preparations.
“If you look back through 2016, the teams that won the most in England – in terms of complex team sports – were Leicester City and us,” he added.
“In our first meeting, we went through the example of what has happened to Leicester City and asked: ‘do we want that to happen to us?’.
“We’ve come up with some strategies that we believe will help us to overcome any complacency and any tendency to be comfortable.”