Jones: Leave no Italian player standing


Eddie Jones has called on England to take a brutal approach that will leave "no Italian player left standing" in Sunday's Six Nations contest.

The Australian has been typically straight talking in his belief that England can dominate in Rome.

And the head coach is calling for England's forwards to take control at set-pieces and be clinical with the ball in hand.

"We want to make the opposition fear us and we want to be disciplined," Jones said.

"That means dominant set-piece, strangulating defence and the ability to be ruthless in attack.

"We want to be absolutely brutal up front so there is no Italian player left standing at the end of the game.

"Then we want to be ruthless in taking opportunities. That's what we're aiming for. 

"It doesn't matter if it's realistic, that's our aim and that's how I want the players to think."

England blew Italy out of the water the last time the side's met in the Italian capital with the visitors triumphing 52-11 in 2014.

The previous three trips to Italy proved tougher with England winning by five or fewer points, but Jones insists the past counts for little.

"This is the first time we've been to Rome," he added. "We've no history as a team so we don't have to worry about what has happened in the past.

"You can't let history dictate your performance. If you keep on looking at history you are bound to repeat it."