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Jones on his squad for the Old Mutual Wealth Series opener

England head coach Eddie Jones has tasked his side to continue improving and be 'tactically adaptable' as well as 'physically robust' during next month’s Old Mutual Wealth series.  

Jones’ side face Argentina, Australia and Samoa at Twickenham Stadium as they continue their preparations for the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

He has included four uncapped players in his squad and says their focus is solely on facing Argentina on 11 November.

Continual improvement

“We haven’t had a lot of the players since the end of the Six Nations, we’ve got players coming back from the Argentina tour as well as the Lions so putting those two groups together along with the spirit and passion of the spectators at Twickenham is exciting,” said Jones.

“What you should expect to see is a team that is continually improving, there is nothing specific in our game that we have been working on other than we want to keep on improving. We want to be tactically adaptable, we want to be physically robust and they are things that we have a short amount of time to work on.”

England have beaten Argentina three times in the past 12 months, including twice on their summer tour, however Jones is not underestimating the challenge awaiting his side.

“They’ve had a tough two years and know if they beat England at Twickenham in November those bad two years will be washed away so we’ll expect a team that is re-energised,” he said.

“They are a very good side and are probably finding the balance in their game between the old traditional Puma style and the more ruck and run that Graham Henry introduced.”"It’s massively important to get the players back together and working on playing for England."

Having not played a competitive fixture since June, Jones also says he relishing getting the players back together in an international environment.

“It’s massively important to get the players back together and working on playing for England,” he added.

“They’ve all been playing for their clubs and they all play a variety of styles and have a different philosophy of how they are conditioned.

“We’ve got close to 10 first-choice players out but that gives us a chance to build on our depth and gives some young guys and opportunity to put their best foot forward and that is an exciting time for us.”

 

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