farrellEngland national team coach Eddie Jones believe his side have the perfect opportunity to show their strengths during their upcoming tour of South Africa. While England have never actually won a series against the Springboks on South Africa soil, Jones is targeting a 3-0 victory to inspire his side ahead of next year’s World Cup.
It’s been a difficult few months for the English rugby team. Losing each of the last three matches of their recent Six Nations campaign dealt a serious blow to their confidence, a blow made worse by a extensive list of injured players.
“We’re missing probably 22 of our top 45 players and it’s a great chance to show how strong we are.” said Jones.
“We’re in a great position because we’ve got absolute clarity about what we have got to do to win the World Cup,
“We got great feedback from Scotland, Ireland and France that we’re not good enough. We’ve gone away, licked our wounds and worked out a strategy going forward.
“The players are becoming more embroiled in that strategy as we have more time with them. It’s a fantastic opportunity for us to win the World Cup.”
Indeed, the words “opportunity” and “challenge” have been echoed by many of England’s players over the last couple of weeks, yet it seems that Jones is not just sticking to the line that England are optimistic despite their desperate situation. Jones is expecting his team to win in style.
“The bare minimum is to play well,” he said. “I want to win 3-0. No English side has ever won a series in South Africa so it’s a great opportunity for us.
“We’re missing 22 top players so everyone’s saying we can’t win, we’re in disarray, we’re a shambles. That suits the English underdog mentality.
“We’re going to go over there and rip in.”
England’s tour of South Africa is set to kick of on Saturday, June 9th at Ellis Park, Johannesburg. It will continue on June 16th at Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein, before concluding on June 23rd at Newlands, Cape Town.