Eddie Jones is confident England won't be thrashed by Australia

England head coach Eddie Jones is confident his side won’t be thrashed in three-Test series by Australia… despite the worst defeat of his six-year stint coming in humiliating fashion against 14-man Barbarians

  • Eddie Jones is adamant that England will not be humiliated by Australia 
  • Jones’ side suffered a hugely disappointing defeat to 14-man Barbarians 
  • England have an injury crisis with Alex Dombrandt among those struggling 
  • Jones also played down talk of an England recall for Saracens No 8 Billy Vunipola

Eddie Jones insisted on Sunday night that England will not suffer a hiding in Australia, despite the worst defeat of his six-year stint as head coach at the hands of a 14-man Barbarians side.

England not only failed to beat a team who lost giant lock Will Skelton to a 37th-minute red card, but shipped eight tries.

Jones, who will confirm his touring squad on Monday morning, said: ‘Obviously we’re disappointed. No one is happy about it, but we’re not going to go to Australia and get beaten by 50. We have a style of play we want to keep developing and now we’ll pick and choose when we use it.

Eddie Jones says England won’t be thrashed by Australia despite their loss against Barbarians

There was frustration for England as they were beaten by a Barbarians side at Twickenham

‘This was preparation for Australia. We tried to play differently and extend the players. In some places we didn’t cope well with it.

‘It’s a good reminder of how much work we have to do before Australia. From that point of view, I’m really pleased with what we did.’

Jones bristled when asked if the sight of former England lock George Kruis converting a Barbarians try with a backheel on his last appearance before retirement was embarrassing.

Jones bristled when asked if George Kruis converting a Barbarians try with a backheel was embarrassing

He is also battling an injury crisis for the tour Down Under. No 8 Alex Dombrandt was a late withdrawal with a knee problem and Leicester fly-half George Ford suffered an ankle worry in the Premiership title win over Saracens on Saturday.

With Manu Tuilagi, Henry Slade, Sam Simmonds, Kyle Sinckler, Louis Lynagh and George Furbank already ruled out, Jones has key men missing.

He played down talk of a recall for Saracens No 8 Billy Vunipola after a head knock against Leicester, while Ben Youngs and Joe Marler are also concerns.

England have an injury crisis with Alex Dombrandt a late withdrawal prior to the Barbarians game

The Barbarians’ win was a fitting tribute to Phil Bennett, who died earlier this month.

Fabien Galthie’s side lined up in a figure 10 before kick-off in memory of the former fly-half.

‘We’ve been watching clips of him all week and the famous 1973 try in Cardiff has been played numerous times,’ said assistant coach Shaun Edwards. ‘The biggest respect to his family at this difficult time.’




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