Eddie Jones says British and Irish Lions have great chance in New Zealand
Warren Gatland’s underdog side tour New Zealand next summer
Jones feels the Lions are capable of toppling the All Blacks for the first time since 1971
England coach Eddie Jones says the All Blacks are the best team in the world but not unbeatable and have “significant weaknesses”.
The Aussie is on a mission to dethrone New Zealand as the best rugby team in the world and has suggested the highly rated All Blacks have flaws in their game.
“There are definite weaknesses in the New Zealand side,” revealed Jones.
“The Lions have to attack those weaknesses and then play to their strengths.”
Steve Hansen’s All Blacks have not lost a Test at home since 2009, a run of 43 games, but Jones added: “The Lions have a great chance.
“Of course it is going to be tough, but out of the four teams [England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland], they can put out a great squad of 35, 36 players more than capable of taking the Kiwis on.”
Warren Gatland was appointed as Lions coach last Wednesday, will lead the team until the end of the tour next July, having taken a sabbatical from his job as Wales head coach.
“It’s a great appointment,” Jones said.
“Warren has done it before, and he has a great appreciation of European rugby.
“He knows the players in England, Scotland and Ireland – obviously he knows the Welsh players – so he will do a great job.”