Published: 10:23 | 13/11/19

Jones confesses to World Cup error


England head coach Eddie Jones has admitted that he probably should have drafted in a couple of fresh faces for the World Cup final against South Africa on November 2nd.

England lost the game to a resurgent Springboks side by 32-12 following a tough physical battle in Yokohama.

The final came just a week after England overcame pre-tournament favourites New Zealand in a titanic semi-final encounter.

Jones named a virtually unchanged squad for the decider, something which he admits now may have been a mistake.

"I haven't watched it and I probably won't watch it," he told the Daily Telegraph.

"But I know in my head where we could have probably made improvements. One area was that I probably made a mistake in terms of selection.

"That's all with the benefit of hindsight, but I should have refreshed the team for the final.

"Apart from that, it was one of those days. Sometimes they start the game brilliantly and things come off for them.

"We started the game a little bit off, lacking a tiny bit of energy because we'd played four big games in a row. That's the reality of it - we just came unstuck."

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