England will peak for 2019 Rugby World Cup final - Jones


Head coach Eddie Jones has backed his England team to reach the peak of their powers in the 2019 Rugby World Cup final.

Renowned as one of the more quotable figures in rugby union, the Australian was quick to provide an attention-grabbing answer after he was asked when England - who have yet to lose under his stewardship - would become the finished article.

"November 2nd 2019, 8pm," said Jones in reference to the kick-off time for the next World Cup final in Tokyo.

"We will be at our absolute peak," he added. "We'll be like Rocky, doing push-ups at the top of the stairs."

Of more immediate concern to Jones' side is an end-of-year schedule comprising of home internationals against South Africa, Fiji, Argentina and Australia.

The Springboks will seek to extend a 10-year unbeaten streak against England at Twickenham on Saturday, with the meticulous Jones hoping he has identified a way to end that run.

"We don't want to go toe-to-toe with South Africa because that is what they want us to do," explained the 56-year-old, who was part of the Boks coaching team for the 2007 World Cup.

"It is a game of physical chess against the Springboks, chess with steroids. They know exactly where they want to go and they do it with force.

"So we've got to be good at not allowing them to win the ball in the right places; then, secondly, not allowing them to get momentum.

"It's almost the opposite game you play against New Zealand. Against New Zealand you want to keep your game as structured as possible. Against South Africa you want to keep the game unstructured."