Eddie Jones Blames Stuart Lancaster Exit For England’s Frailties
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Eddie Jones has blamed England’s failures over the last few months on their Rugby World Cup 2015 exit under former head coach Stuart Lancaster.
England have blow leads against South Africa, Wales, New Zealand and Scotland over the last 12 months or so, surrendering a 31-0 lead against the Scots in the Six Nations on Saturday.
Jones says the players are still carrying bad habits from 2015’s shock exit as tournament hosts, likening them to “grenades in the back of a jeep” that tend to “go off when there’s a lot of pressure.”
“It’s about how the team thinks under pressure. It’s like we have some hand grenades in the back of a jeep and sometimes they go off when there’s a lot of pressure. We have a few of them and we’ve got to get rid of them,” Jones said.
“The team has probably had it since the 2015 World Cup and we’ve been working on a process to fix it. We will get it right, but it takes time.
“Whenever you have a difficult tournament or difficult games, there’s always a lingering thought process there. Sometimes it takes longer than you’d like to fix it, but it is fixable.”
“It comes in when you get under pressure, a lot of pressure, and you can’t work out a way to get back to what you want to do.”
Jones also revealed that he’s bringing an “expert” in to help England in this area.
“I’ve got one person that’s going to help us that’s a bit of an expert. I’m not sharing that name with you now. I haven’t used her before.” he added