Jones to tap into Australian expertise

Eddie Jones will tap into the expertise of Australia’s ORICA-GreenEDGE cycling team as he continues plotting England’s ascension to world rugby’s top ranking.

The Australian-born England coach will head to the world’s premier annual cycling event, the Tour de France, in the next couple of weeks.

“I’ve had a few conversations and I’m getting to have a look at what they do,” Jones said.

“I’ve got to get better because if our side is not consistent then our coaching is not good enough.”

Jones has no intention of taking his foot off the pedal after a whirlwind first season in charge, which has delivered a Six Nations title and a series sweep of the Wallabies in Australia.

“As soon as you take it off, you get weak and we can’t afford to get weak because we want to be stronger,” Jones said.

“We want to be the number one team in the world and we’re miles away from that, so we’ve got to keep improving.”

Jones gave short shrift to the suggestion that the whitewash of the Wallabies would feel particularly sweet given his sacking from the Australian coaching post in 2005.

“I haven’t even thought about it, it’s so long ago now,” Jones said.

“I’ve coached in three different countries since then, that hasn’t got a great significance.”

Jones said his team hadn’t got five World XV calibre players yet, but inside centre Owen Farrell and No.8 Billy Vunipola were moving in the right direction.

He nominated prop Dan Cole as a player who had improved and stood out on the tour.

Jones said Cole, whose scrummaging technique was questioned by former Wallabies coach Bob Dwyer, had done exceptionally well after being criticised at last year’s World Cup.

He wasn’t fussed his world No.2 ranked side wasn’t scheduled to play long-term leader New Zealand in the near future.

“I’d be happy to play the All Blacks tomorrow,” Jones said.

He praised his assistants, including skills coach Glen Ella, but couldn’t guarantee the former Wallabies fullback would retain the position.

“I’ll sit down with him, I’ll sit down with the players,” Jones said.

“We’ll work it out, whether he’s the right guy to continue.”

Jones shied away from commenting on whether Australia’s improved attacking performance on Saturday meant they were heading in the right direction.

“I’m not going to talk about Australia, I’ll let them work it out themselves,” Jones said.

The England mentor felt it wasn’t fair that his players hadn’t had a break since last June.

“They should be sitting on a beach in Barbados now,” Jones said.

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