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Eddie Jones: Grand Slam winners’ England spots in doubt for Australia

  • Eddie Jones reveals a handful of Grand Slam winners are at risk of missing out on the summer tour of Australia
  • He says some of those involved in the Six Nations win have not played well enough since returning to their clubs
  • “Personally I’ve been disappointed in three or four players,” admitted the England head coach
Eddie Jones says that England’s Six Nations Grand Slam heroes must continue to perform well in the Aviva Premiership and Champion Cup to ensure their spots on the summer tour of Australia.

“Personally I’ve been disappointed in three or four players who have gone back [to their clubs] and played quite poorly,” Jones told the BBC.

“Those players have put their tour place to Australia in jeopardy.”

And while some England players have been on good form of late, Jones feels certain individuals have grown complacent since the Grand Slam success.

“Some might have little injuries, and some of them have agents or the media in their ear telling them how good they are,” he continued.

“They have just got too far ahead of themselves.



Following the Six Nations triumph, the Aviva Premiership has three teams in the semi-finals of the European Champions Cup, with Wasps, league-leaders Saracens and Leicester battlign out for a place in the final next weekend.

“We should be happy [with the state of English rugby], but we have also got to be quite aware that we have got to keep improving,” Jones insisted.

“And some of the players have fallen into what I call the ‘good game’, people are slapping them on the back, telling them how good they are. They are not working hard enough to improve their game.

“Some of the players have been told directly, some of them have been told through other sources.

“But they will get the message. We’ll see on the rugby field [how they respond].”