Moody encouraged by Jones' England selection


Former England captain Lewis Moody believes winning this year's Six Nations will be the perfect way for Eddie Jones to lay the foundations for success in years to come.

The former Japan coach will take charge of England for the first time on Saturday against Scotland and Moody thinks the Australian's squad selection offers plenty of cause for optimism.

Jones' first XV is made up of a blend of experience and youth for the clash at Murrayfield, something Moody says is the perfect mix as the coach looks to kick off his tenure with a bang.

"I think he realises that he needs to win games and he's said that, yes, it's about the future, but not about building towards the future at the expense of losing in the immediate," he said.

"So I think he's picked a team that he thinks will deliver a win for England, quite simply. I think that's why you haven't seen the inclusion of a lot of young and fresh new faces.

"Let's see that, that's what I want to see. We've talked about it, and if there's one thing I want to see out of this Six Nations - bearing in mind he's not had very long with this squad so he can't impart all of the wisdom and the knowledge that he wants in terms of other areas of the game - he needs time to allow that to sink in. I just want to see that intensity that he's talking about."

Defending champions Ireland are the side to beat heading into the tournament, but Joe Schmidt's side have been hit hard by injuries, giving England a chink of light to go and lift the title.

"You've got to feel sorry for Ireland," he added. "They're coming off fielding a huge number of injuries again, which is bitterly disappointing because you want to see the best 15 on the pitch every time you get to see your international side play. 

"But the nature of rugby is that it's a brutal sport and you have to deal with that.

"Will they rise to the occasion? I'm pretty sure they will. They'll be a difficult side to play. 

"If England can get past Ireland in the Six Nations at home then it will be a huge tick in Eddie Jones' locker because there'll be a huge amount of respect for what they can deliver as a side, Ireland."

Lewis Moody is a Land Rover ambassador and was speaking at the annual HITZ Awards.