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England boss Eddie Jones doesn’t reckon his current batch of players have another World Cup in them following their defeat to South Africa in the final last year.
The Australian recently signed a contract extension that will see him stay on for France 2023 – and he is already planning a complete overhaul of his squad as they look to go one better next time around.
Jones expects to change the squad by 20% each year over the next three years with a core group of around 40% of his current panel only expected to make his next 31-man World Cup squad.
“I don’t think this group can have another World Cup in them,” Jones told BBC Sport.
“While there will be core members of the team who will be able to continue to the next World Cup, there will be a new influx of members coming in.
“If you look at the squad this year we have changed it by 20 per cent. There will be another 20 per cent change in the second year, and another 20 per cent in the third year.
“By the time we get to the World Cup it could be 40 per cent of the squad from the 2019 World Cup and 60 per cent new members.”