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‘Numbers are archaic’: Jones says England’s fluid tactics are here to stay | England rugby union team

Eddie Jones says he’ll proceed to problem conference after releasing his England gamers from the obligations of their “archaic” jersey numbers.

Australia had been dispatched 32-15 at Twickenham on Saturday to keep the successful begin to Jones’ “New England” challenge, though it took till the 74th minute to extinguish the resistance of a dogged Wallabies facet.

One function of England’s play was the variety of gamers working out of place, with Manu Tuilagi, Henry Slade and Freddie Steward continuously relocating to completely different elements of the again line. Tuilagi popped up at exterior centre slightly than wing, Slade patrolled the backfield regardless of beginning at 13 and Steward typically took Tuilagi’s place out large slightly than carry out his full-back duties. Inside centre Owen Farrell additionally repeatedly functioned as first receiver.

“We had been all the time going to combine and match however sadly we’ve acquired to put mounted numbers on their backs,” Jones mentioned. “I’d favor in rugby if we went to the basketball system, the place gamers might choose a quantity firstly of the 12 months and that’s their quantity. Even for those who put them of their conventional numbers it’s very uncommon that 12 passes to a 13 who passes to the wingers.

“The combos are all completely different and the sport has change into much more fluid and transitional. As you noticed towards Australia, there was a powerful set-piece contest after which a whole lot of transitional play. Numbers are pretty archaic.”

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Eddie Jones says his gamers won’t be out for revenge towards world champions South Africa. {Photograph}: Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Photographs

Steward was the star performer on solely his fourth England look and Jones is assured the full-back will proceed to develop.

“Steward has head on him and he desires to enhance. He’s in a position to talk with the gamers round him and he’s acquired good consciousness of the place the ball is and the place his help gamers are,” Jones mentioned. “He’s courageous within the air and I haven’t seen an England full-back like him since Mike Brown. He’s brave within the air like Mike Brown. He claims each ball and he’s solely a younger child.”

England have harm issues over Farrell and Jamie George for match towards South Africa on Saturday and are additionally contemplating whether or not to name up further entrance row cowl.

Farrell hobbled off late on with an ankle drawback and George was unable to seem for the second half due to a knee situation. Bevan Rodd, 21, made a distinguished debut at loosehead prop however Joe Marler doesn’t go away self-isolation till Thursday and Ellis Genge misses out due to Covid. Trevor Davison, who’s primarily a tighthead, is the one different choice within the place at present within the squad.

England’s final assembly with the Springboks was within the 2019 World Cup closing, however Jones rejects revenge as a motivation.

“That’s a pleasant media line, however they’re a distinct team now and we’re a distinct team. They’re the world champions, we’re not. It’s going to be an vital Check between two superb groups,” Jones mentioned. “It’s the ultimate sport of the autumn so we’re taking a look at prefer it’s a closing. We’re going to have to take them on and we’ll have to play otherwise to beat them.”

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