Eddie Jones ‘happy to play All Blacks tomorrow’

Eddie Jones ‘happy to play All Blacks tomorrow’

  • Eddie Jones admitted he’d be happy to play the All Blacks tomorrow
  • Jones will follow ORICA-GreenEDGE team as he looks to build on nine wins from first nine games
  • The England Chief will ride into the Tour de France this weekend looking to start England’s next cycle of success
England boss Eddie Jones said his team would be happy to face the All Blacks tomorrow, though he feels they’re “miles behind” the world champions.

Jones’ side won’t face New Zealand until 2018, though the British and Irish Lions will be touring the country next season.

“I don’t control that fixture,” Jones told the ARU’s official wenbsite.

“I’d be happy to play the All Blacks tomorrow.”

With nine straight wins to begin his England coaching tenure, Jones said the next challenge was to ensure his team didn’t fall into complacency.

“You can never take [your foot] off (the pedal),” he added.

“As soon as you take it off, you get weak. We can’t afford to get weak, we need to be strong because we want to be the number one team in the world.

“We’re miles away from All Blacks so we’ve got to keep improving. The players can enjoy themselves and they will.

“They’ll obviously enjoy the victory but it’s important that they understand they’ve got to keep getting better.”

Jones is not exempt from that improvement. Now Jones will shadow Aussie team ORICA-GreenEDGE to see if he can pinch any ideas to keep England at the front of the peloton.

“If our side’s not consistent then our coaching’s not good enough so I’ve got to get better, our coaching staff’s got to get better,” explained Jones.

“Our next to months is about us getting better and then how we plan our strategy going forward.”

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