Jones: "We have to be daring"

  • England face France on Saturday, 4 February
  • Jones’ squad will be announced on 20 January

Eddie Jones says his side must be daring if they are to claim back-to-back Grand Slam titles in this year’s RBS 6 Nations.

England meet France at Twickenham in their campaign opener on Saturday, 4 February and Head Coach Jones is aware of the challenge that awaits.

“You don’t defend a Grand Slam, you have to win it again,” said Jones. “That is why we have to be absolutely daring going into this Six Nations.

“It is about courage to play a game really well, regardless of the situation.”

England enter the New Year coming off the back of an unbeaten 2016, where they registered 13 straight wins. A victory against Les Blues in February would see the team stretch their run to a record 15 matches. 

"We looked at what happened to Leicester City"

But the Australian's focus remains on France, and a session-by-session approach to England’s preparations.

“If you look back through 2016, the teams that won the most in England – in terms of complex team sports – were Leicester City and us,” he added.

“In our first meeting, we went through the example of what has happened to Leicester City and asked: ‘do we want that to happen to us?’.

“We’ve come up with some strategies that we believe will help us to overcome any complacency and any tendency to be comfortable.”

If Jones’ men can clinch a Grand Slam in 2017, they’ll be only the third English side in history to accomplish the feat of winning back-to-back titles. The two previous sides that achieved it were in 1924 and 1992.  

A 33-man training squad attended a two-day training camp in Brighton on Monday and Jones says the camp provided an opportunity to test their strength in depth. 

“This squad is a training squad, it is not the Six Nations squad. We will pick the Six Nations squad when we go to Portugal.”