Eddie Jones defends shock omission of Joe Cokanasiga for Scotland game

16 March, 2019, 23:54 | Author: Suzanne Horton
  • Eddie Jones admitted his side 'got out of jail' in their 38-38 draw with Scotland

Jones has a schedule based on the summer's four World Cup warm-up Tests that will develop the 21-year-old in time for Japan 2019, but is also wary of the hype generated by his marauding display. It's going to take some digging deep into the team psyche but I think it's a good lesson for us before the World Cup.

"He'll feature very strongly in our plans for the future, but we just feel this week that Jack Nowell is our best player in that position". "The only thing we can control is how we play", he said. "We'll bring him through carefully and he's got a long career ahead of him". We've got a good plan in place for him. Ben Te'o drops out to the bench with Manu Tuilagi moving from outside to inside centre allowing a comeback for Henry Slade.

Henry Slade, Ben Moon and Mark Wilson are the other players to be recalled by Eddie Jones, with Ben Te'o, Ellis Genge and Brad Shields dropping to the bench.

Ben Youngs will become England's most-capped halfback in making his 85th appearance, one more than Danny Care on the all-time list.

England will be crowned Six Nations champions should they defeat Scotland by a bonus point and Wales lose to Ireland in Cardiff. "I don't know", Jones said.

"It will be a fascinating finish to the Championship with three teams that can win it and we are playing against one of our most traditional foes in Scotland for the Calcutta Cup".

Jones did say he was happy such a collapse happened now and not during the World Cup
Jones did say he was happy such a collapse happened now and not during the World Cup

"Scotland are a hard side - they are always at you, they play with a lot of enthusiasm and effort and have got a lot of attacking strings to their bow", he added.

Youngs made his global debut off the bench against the Scots in 2010 at Murrayfield, on the wing, and this Saturday (March 16) makes his 85th appearance for the national side when they welcome a Scottish team looking to win their first match at Twickenham in nearly 40 years.

In total I played 11 times against England and I did enjoy two successes on either side of the draw - a record 33-6 win at Murrayfield in 1986 then a 13-7 victory four years later - but, for me, what followed the 1990 grand slam was eight successive losses.

"That's what's pleased me the most, the clarity with which we can play the game and the way we are becoming adaptable". I said: "You're telling us to kick and when we kick, they just run it back and cut us open, and when we run it, they're just hitting us behind the gain line and winning the ball back".

For Scotland, they will take great pride in that second half performance, having looked dead and buried at half-time.


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