Jones relaxed ahead of first England squad announcement


Eddie Jones is in no way concerned by the prospect of facing criticism when he announces his first England squad next week.

Having been appointed as the successor to Stuart Lancaster in November, following England's humiliating Rugby World Cup campaign, Jones will name an elite player squad on Wednesday as preparations for the Six Nations step up a gear.

The vastly experienced Australian's selection is likely to prompt much debate, but Jones is ready to take any feedback in his stride.

In an interview with England Rugby, Jones said: "It puts no pressure on me. The pressure is on the player. If the player hasn't been selected, he hasn't done well enough.

"It's as simple as that, so all the pressure is on the player, whatever the media says.

"The media gets paid to do their job and I accept that there'll be criticism of the squad and I'll accept that people will think other players should be in and everyone's entitled to their opinion.

"But at the end of the day, the players select themselves."

Jones, who confirmed there will be no further additions to his coaching team ahead of the Six Nations, has clear plans in mind ahead of England's opening game against Scotland at Murrayfield on February 6.

"I think we've got to get the basics of the game right. Nothing goes away from the meat and potatoes of the game," he added.

"You've got to be able to win your set-piece ball well, you've got to be able to defend well. Then the plus bit for England is being able to attack well.

"That's the area that takes time, because it is more complicated, it is more complex.

"And the reality is we've got to make sure we get the simplicity in our players so they're able to attack with freedom and express themselves.

"We've got to ensure that we give the players everything they need to perform well. At the end of the day, it's the players who are playing, not the coaches."