Q&A: Eddie Jones says his England players can turn their form around
England head coach Eddie Jones says he does not need to make major changes for their Six Nations match with Ireland.
Do you need to make changes
Jones said: “I don’t [think we need personnel changes], I think we have the best players here. In 2015 the players were no good, in 2016 they were terrific, 2017 they were world beaters and now after two games they are no good again. They are good players and teams have ups and downs.
“We have a plan going forward. We think we know what we have to fix. We are basically getting on with it, the players’ attitude has been fantastic, they have a real desire to turn things around.”I am sure on Saturday we will put in a fantastic performance.”
With what’s happened over these last two games, have they shaken your belief in what this team can achieve?
“No, not at all. I think that every good team goes through this period, it’s actually an essential part of developing a great team. The learnings we’ll get from this, albeit very painful, are absolutely crucial going forward because it is about how we respond.
“It’s not as if we can’t play rugby, we know we’ve got good players as they’ve played for the Lions and won games for England. When you get a loss it tests your mental resolve and that’s the test we’ve got to face.”
How is Dylan Hartley?
“Dylan ran this morning but we need to get a medical report on him. I expect him to be available but we will just have to wait and see. If he’s fit then he’ll be playing.”
And Elliot Daly was in a protective boot?
“That is just a precaution. He’ll go for a scan today, it’s his foot.”