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Danny Care explains why Eddie Jones dropped him for Australia game

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Being the head coach of a national team in a sport rarely a walk in the park but being forced to make those tough decisions, particularly regarding squad selection, is exactly why they get paid the big bucks.

Three years into his reign as England coach, Eddie Jones is well versed in recognising when certain players are underperforming and need to be dropped.

Following a sketchy performance by a number of his players during the harder than anticipated victory over Japan earlier in November, Jones opted to make a couple of drastic changes which included dropping the ever-present Danny Care.

Jones felt that the performance from the scrum-half vs Japan was not up to scratch, leading to his exclusion from the squad to face Australia.

Of course, Care is the not the first, and almost certainly won't be the last, big name to be given the axe under Jones. 

But given how important player-coach relationships are considered these days, how does the England coach make the tough calls and avoid upsetting the player too much.

During an interview with The Telegraph, Care explained how Jones broke the news.

“Eddie has a way of dropping you in the nicest way possible,” the 31-year-old said.

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“Me and Eddie have got on so well in the time we have been together and the one thing that he is is honest. He will tell you if you have not played well enough and he will tell you if you are not good enough and do not deserve to play, which is fine. I understand that.

“Eddie will give you points and directions of what he expects to see of you in a club shirt. He wants to see international players playing at international level in a club shirt. That’s what he expects me to do.

"He wants me to look sharper on the pitch and hopefully I will try to do that. All I can do is play as well as I can for Quins and try to get back in there in January.”

So despite scoring a try in the 35-15 win over Japan, it's clear Jones looks well beyond the scoreline when analysing his players' performances.

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And with the World Cup getting ever closer, Care knows he will only get so many chance to prove he should be recalled to the squad.

"He just said that he didn’t think I was sharp enough during the game so I need to go back to Harlequins and work on that and then see what happens in the Six Nations.

“He had made his mind up to go with a different direction for the Australia game. That’s absolutely fine. I have been there before and I have benefited from it before when other lads have been dropped. It is what it is.”

Care admitted it wasn't a one-way conversation but nothing he said was going to change Jones' mind.

“I argued my point that I didn’t think I had too bad a game, but he had made his mind up."

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