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Jones: England want conclusive win over Fiji

Sun, Nov 13, 2016, Posted by   print

2007 World Cup

10:00 PM GMT

Eddie Jones is set to mix up England’s starting 15 for Saturday’s match against Fiji at Twickenham and plans to win the match by restricting the Islanders’ creativity.

England have won 11 on the bounce — 10 under Jones — and after ending their 10-year hoodoo to beat South Africa on Saturday, are turning attention towards Fiji who lie in wait next weekend.

Fiji fell to the Barbarians on Friday evening and Jones says his team must play “smart” against the Islanders and says they plan to “bore them to death”.

“You go to Fiji and everyone is throwing 15m torpedo passes, flicking the ball through their legs, side stepping,” Jones said. “If they can’t do that they get bored.

“If they get bored they don’t want to play and when they do that you get points against them. We are going to win the game and I want to win it conclusively.

“To win it conclusively we have to bore them to death. It doesn’t mean playing bad rugby — just being actually smart against them.”

Jones was pleased with England’s win over South Africa but said he expects improvement over the coming weekends with Fiji, Argentina and Australia all set to face England at Twickenham.

The England coach is likely to mix up the team a little for Saturday’s match against Fiji but he will not be handing debuts and caps for the sake of giving players game time. He could give Nathan Hughes his first start while Semesa Rokoduguni — the Bath winger was left out of the squad for the Boks — could also come into contention.

“We want to keep improving the team so there are guys that I want to have a look at who I think may be better than the guys I have in now so there may be an opportunity,” Jones said. “I’m only going to select people who are better than what we have at the moment or potentially can be better.

“There are a few players that have earned it and they will get it. You come in the fly by night and you’re not going to start for England. I don’t believe in that.”

Jones was delighted with Tom Wood’s return to the England fold and continues to be impressed by Billy Vunipola’s form at No.8. And he said scrum-half Ben Youngs can develop into a player who can have the impact Fourie du Preez had during his days with the Springboks.

“He’s got an athletic advantage because he’s a big lad for a half-back,” Jones said of Youngs. “He weighs 88 or 89 kilos, depending on how many lollies he has eaten! He’s got a nice turn of pace and a nice awareness of space. We want to develop that running game with him. He’s got an exceptional kicking game. The only other half-back I’ve seen with a kicking game like him is Fourie du Preez.

“He can have the same influence for us that Fourie du Preez had on the Springboks.

“We want to be the sort of team who can play completely off nine, completely off 10 or completely off 12. That will make us so hard to defend against.”

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