England Head Coach Eddie Jones Set For “Crisis Talks” With Squad Following Saracens Scandal


England head coach Eddie Jones and his team will hold crisis talks with the squad to try and sort out any internal anger and resentment that’s brewing within the group towards Saracens players due to their salary cap scandal.

Jones will preside over the discussions this week in Portugal where his 34-man squad will be based for a seven-day training camp ahead of their Six Nations opener with France on February 2.

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Following his squad announcement yesterday the Australian said England must “debrief” Saracens and “sort it out” with the reigning Premiership champions set to be relegated at the end of the season following the fiasco.

Jones said he doesn’t envisage any problems and even thinks the whole ordeal can bring the team closer together.

“We have got to debrief Saracens. We need to get everything out on the table and sort it out,” said Jones.

“Well, we are not robots. You don’t know how long it is going to take. It could take longer, but we will sort it out. It’s common sense – say what you feel. If players are angry about it then say it, get it out on the table.

“But at the end of the day there are 34 players who all want to play for England and their job is to get ready to play for England and sort it out. We will help them sort it out. I don’t envisage any problems at all, in fact, I think it is an opportunity for the team to get tighter.

“We have got players from potentially 12 different clubs – 12 different ideas of what is right and what is wrong. We are like a family around the dinner table – someone wants to have pasta for dinner and the other one wants to have rice.

“They have a debate and that is ongoing in the national team. Every national team I have coached has those problems. I remember coaching Japan and the Panasonic players hated the Suntory players – hated each other. So we had to sort it out. That always happens.”