Jones: Lancaster left a great legacy


Stuart Lancaster left a legacy that Eddie Jones is excited to build upon in his new role as England head coach.

Despite only being appointed by Super Rugby side Stormers earlier this month, the Rugby Football Union (RFU) announced the Australian as its new coach on Friday.

England failed to progress from their pool at the Rugby World Cup but the 55-year-old insists many of the players can be key to the team's development ahead of the next edition of the competition in four years.

"This is one of the biggest unions in the world, the last World Cup aside. Probably at least 70 per cent can go on to 2019," Jones said.

"It's a great legacy that Lancaster has left and it's an opportunity to do something special.

"There are some good young players here, certainly going towards the World Cup.

"You've always got short-term targets and your long-term targets. What we've got to do is systematically bring players in, give them enough experience.

"When we play against Scotland [in the Six Nations in February], it's a new sheet of paper. All the players out there have got an opportunity to play for England.

"Over the next six to eight weeks, I'll be watching games and working out a style of play that we need to be effective."

Jones' appointment leaves Chris Robshaw's position as captain in doubt, with the Australian previously stating the Harlequins back-rower "is an outstanding club player but at international level he just doesn't have that point of difference".

The 55-year-old said he would talk to Robshaw and did not rule out making a change.

"I wasn't the England coach [when criticising Robshaw], I was a columnist," Jones said.

"I was writing a column and I was probably being a bit naughty. I'm going to sit down with Chris and have a chat with him.

"Like all the other players, they're all starting on zero. There's always an opportunity to change things."

The former Australia coach admitted he is happy to continue with the policy of only considering Premiership players for international selection.

"You always have a different view when you're outside the tent. I want players who want to play for England and to play for England you have to play in the Premiership. I'm happy with what we've got," he added.