Eddie Jones reveals the XV he should have started in Rugby World Cup final

England head coach Eddie Jones has revealed the changes he should have made for the Rugby World Cup final in his new book.

In his new autobiography My Life and Rugbythe Australian coach says he should have started Joe Marler instead of Mako Vunipola at loosehead prop and should have reverted to the Owen Farrell-Manu Tuilagi-Henry Slade midfield he put out against Australia.

Asked if the Aussies’ comments made him feel any better about missing out, Joe Marler told talkSPORT: “Not in the slightest!

“But to be honest, whatever team he put out that day, I don’t think it would have stopped South Africa and the beast they were that day.

“Hindsight is a wonderful thing, but we still lost the World Cup final. It doesn’t matter who played.

“And, leaving me out? Mate, I owe the bloke a few bottles of red for allowing me back in the first place after I retired for the second time!

“He’s a great character and I enjoy the way he coaches, I enjoy the way he carries himself and he’s great to have in the sport.

“At the end of the day, sport is entertainment, so you need some of that.”


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