Eddie Jones sets out the style for his team
New England Head Coach Eddie Jones has vowed to create a unique style for his England team that builds on a strong set-piece, bulldog spirit in defence while adding an extra attacking dimension and a flexibility to adapt to circumstances.
Jones, who coached Japan to three victories in Rugby World Cup as well as leading Australia to the final in 2003, said he would not be copying the current World Champions New Zealand.
“I’ve got an idea of how rugby is played,” he said. “Traditionally, the teams that I have coached have always had quite good attacks, I think.
“When you look at England rugby, what is the strength? It’s always been the set piece. It has always had a strong set piece.
“So we don’t want to take that away. They’ve always been good defensively. We want to have that bulldog spirit in our defence.
“But then we have to add things to the game.”
Jones said the players must buy in to creating a unique style of play. “We are not going to be copying how the All Blacks play at all.
“We are going to create our own style of play and I want the players to believe in that 100%.