Eddie Jones: France vs England Six Nations Test at Stade de France will measure England’s position | Rugby Union News
Eddie Jones said sky sports he is confident England will rise to the “emotional and physical challenge” that awaits them against France in their final Six Nations game.
England travel to Paris for Saturday’s test out of the title due to their 32-15 home loss to Ireland on Saturday, while the unbeaten Blues are in the hunt for a maiden title and a Grand Slam since 2010.
A red card given to second row Charlie Ewels after just 82 seconds left England to play with 14 men for the vast majority of their game against Ireland at Twickenham, but Jones was encouraged and ‘proud’ of what he saw his players deliver in defeat.
“We were very disappointed to lose the game,” Jones said exclusively. sky sports Monday.
“It was a difficult circumstance, you would never expect to get a red card in practically the first game of the match.
“I thought it took us a while to adapt, maybe 10 minutes, and then the next 60 minutes I thought we played with such spirit and tactical discipline, and we had set up to win the game.
“I think at 15-15 all we felt we had a very good chance of winning the game, but then we opened the game against Ireland and they were good enough to take it.
“His [facing France in Paris on Saturday] an emotional challenge and a physical challenge.
“In training this week, we will make sure that we take care of the players and that they are ready to go to the Stade de France on Saturday.
“Then emotionally we had a few meetings – one early on Sunday morning, one just at noon on Monday – and the players are slowly recovering.
“It takes a lot from them, an effort like that, but I think we’ll get back to where we need to be.”
Jones added: “There’s huge pride in the performance of the team. I think if you come out in the first 10 minutes and the last 10 minutes we probably shaded Ireland and played with a lot of tactical discipline. , determination and unity.
“I think the 82,000 people present enjoyed what they saw, but we are disappointed with the result and we have a chance to face France who are playing for a Grand Slam at home, so there is no better opportunity to show how good a team we can be.”
“It’s a good opportunity for us to know where we are. You are always judged by your last game.”
Jones England’s game against unbeaten France will be a good measure of where his side are at right now
While the 2023 Rugby World Cup will be hosted by France, England are taking the opportunity to hold their training week from the French capital, with the squad traveling on Tuesday this week.
Jones says he is confident England can face Les Bleus at the Stade de France.
“It’s not about denying them a Grand Slam, it’s more about where we want to go as a team and what opportunity we have in front of us,” Jones said. Sky sports.
“It’s more about us and what we can do.
“I think we showed against Ireland with 14 men what we were capable of. So there’s no reason why we can’t bring the game to France.
“We just have to be good enough to seize opportunities, which depends on the decision-making and skill of the players in this situation.
“We are disappointed not to be able to win the Six Nations, but we can make sure we come out on top with a very good performance and win against France.
“I’m very confident. There’s a lot to take from the match against Ireland and there’s no reason why we can’t take advantage of it against France.
“We always said as soon as the World Cup was given to France that we would take every possible opportunity to repeat.
“It’s our first opportunity to rehearse in costume in Paris. It’s a great chance for the boys to learn how a camp works in Paris, because it’s different.
“The city has a different atmosphere, a different tempo, a different rhythm, and we want the players to get used to it.”
Willis called; Curry excluded; Sinckler goes through protocols
Jones’ England will face the Blues at the Stade de France without third line Tom Curry as the RFU have confirmed a hamstring injury picked up against Ireland at Twickenham ruled him out.
Wasps flanker Jack Willis, who has not played for England since suffering a catastrophic knee injury against Italy in last year’s Six Nations (February 13, 2021), has been called up in its place.
Willis only returned from injury at club level last month and made his third appearance for Wasps against Northampton on Sunday.
“He is [Willis] showed a lot of resilience, a lot of determination, and I was really happy to see him play his first 80 minutes against Northampton,” Jones said.
“We know he’s a very promising player, he’s only 23 and coming back from such a difficult injury is a great testament to his resilience, and I’m sure he’ll add value to the team. team.
“Jack is an option [to come into the team]but i need to see him practice tomorrow [Tuesday]. And if he trains well tomorrow, he could be an option.”
“We identified him as a promising player and got seriously injured in the game against Italy a year ago.
“There’s still a lot for him to do.”
Jones added that Bath flanker Sam Underhill could come into the squad, while he also confirmed that Kyle Sinckler did not suffer a concussion against Ireland but was following return to play protocols:
“Sam has had a good week of training with Bath having the week off, he hasn’t been to the cafe so much and he’s been training hard so he’ll be in contention for a place.
“Sinks (Kyle Sinckler) has to come back to the game. He has to go through different levels of protocol.
“He needs to return from injury stage three as it was discovered after the game that he didn’t have a concussion, but he still needs to go through return to play protocols so we will make sure that all these things are done correctly.
“So we’ll see where he is.”