Eddie Jones insists England can turn things around after losing run

Ruben Hill
June 19, 2018

Eddie Jones is facing questions over his future as England's tour to South Africa began to unravel in the Afrikaners' heartland of Bloemfontein.

"Obviously we're very disappointed", said head coach Jones, who revealed that Billy Vunipola may have aggravated the fractured arm that forced him to miss a large chunk of the season. It was nearly a re-run of last week. "We're getting some hard lessons at the moment". I'm excited about where we're going to go. We have been through an exceptional period and now we're going through this tough period. Whether you're winning or losing, you're always under pressure.

They have lost their lost five games in-a-row (six including the Barbarians fixture) and will be desperately seeking to turn things around.

"I know as a coach you have a certain role and if I wasn't doing that role as well as I could, I would have a loss of confidence", said Jones.

"The players and coaches are putting in plenty of effort, but for some reason we are just not handling those tough moments in the game well".

He subsequently apologised on social media for conduct that was strongly criticised by Sir Clive Woodward in his role as a pundit.

"It is about sticking together, understanding what you can improve".

The All Blacks and South Africa may have played each other at Newlands, in Cape Town, for the final time.

'We have a lot of young guys in the team, but it's so important to see how they perform in different situations, and for us as coaches to trust them and allow them to learn from their mistakes, ' Erasmus explained.

"There is no magic solution here", Jones told reporters in Bloemfontein.

He added: "You've got to remember we are missing 25 players on this tour".

While the third and final test in Cape Town on June 23 is now a dead rubber, it will give England a chance to end their miserable run of form. "We go again in Cape Town".

RFU insiders said last night that the governing body had no plans to reconsider his contract, but the lack of a ringing endorsement left their position open to interpretation, amid suggestions that their statement had been carefully worded from an employment law perspective.

Brother Mako Vunipola is also returning home for family reasons, while Ellis Genge has already flown back to the United Kingdom because of a knee injury picked up in training.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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