‘Some guys have come in and done really well and some may struggle to participate in the future’
England’s 24-15 defeat to Ireland, their third championship loss in a row, prompted Eddie Jones to warn his squad that some of them may not make it to the 2019 World Cup.
“It’s been complex,” Jones said.
“We’re playing without five top back-rowers and other injuries. Some guys have come in and done really well and some may struggle to participate in the future. We have to get a greater depth to our squad that can play test rugby.
When pushed on whether he was revealing that he won’t pick certain squad members again, Jones responded: “I did not say that. I said there might be some players that don’t participate so don’t put words in my mouth please.
“There are some guys who are starting their international careers and they need time. I have to decide whether I have got time to get them ready for the World Cup.”
Having now suffered three straight defeats, Jones admitted that his side were lacking in both confidence and leadership, but disagreed that they have regressed despite the sudden drop off in form.
“I don’t think we have,” he added. “In terms of results, we have. But in terms of where we want to go as a team, we are moving forward. I know that is hard to see.”
England have a three-Test tour in South Africa this summer and it is clear there will be changes.