After England fans have had a few days to allow the news of Eddie Jones’ appointment to sink in, people have begun to question what it will mean for the England team.
He has been quite open about his statements directed towards his new players and there are a few things we can already expect from him in the future.
Chris Robshaw May Not Be Captain
Jones once described Robshaw as a ‘six-and-a-half at best,’ added he is not an out-and-out openside while writing for the Daily Mail during the tournament. He has also commented that he wanted an ‘inspirational captain in the Richie McCaw mould.' His appointment as coach will have worried the current leader and his international career could be in jeopardy.
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The 55-year-old is expected to have a meeting with Robshaw to discuss the future, and with the Harlequin switching to blindside for his club it is likely the 29-year-old will not have a future at 7, nor will he have the armband.
‘Everyone Is Starting On Zero’
Everyone has a clean slate for this tenure. This means Jones is likely to forget past performances to an extent, and base it on what the players bring to their domestic game, then using the Six Nations as a base to experiment with his new squad.
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This will come as some great news, to the players who were hung out to dry by Stuart Lancaster - Henry Slade, Luther Burrell, Christian Wade and Eliot Daley to name a few.
One man who will be hoping the ‘starting on zero’ idea will give him one last shot at a World Cup, is Danny Cipriani, who Clive Woodward said should not only be in the side but starting - based on domestic form, it could be a good bet.
Still A Chance For Steffon Armitage
Despite clearly stating in his opening press conference, Jones still may have one eye on the Toulon star. He said he wanted someone quick over the ball who is a great carrier and Armitage is the only one who really fits that bill at a very high level.
So whilst he may not abolish the rule entirely, there could still be a long shot that the exile could return to wear the rose. However, the Australian also made a good point, saying he only wished to have players who really wanted to play for England available, and if Armitage had really wanted it, then he would have returned a long time ago.
The Six Nations Should Not Be Judged
As mentioned above, with everyone being given a clean slate, the squad could shift around quite a lot during the tournament. Fans will have to be patient as Jones finds his feet and pick out those he really wants. Lancaster had a decent first tournament, but it never really improved from there.
Everyone would prefer England to have an average tournament, but see a more promising and developed side emerge by the end.
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