Eddie Jones believes that bringing in new blood will help England’s World Cup chances.
Between now and the World Cup, Eddie Jones has warned the elder players of his current England side that adjustments will be made.
With 11 internationals away with the British and Irish Lions this summer, the Australian will take control of Tests against the United States and Canada next month, giving a more youthful group the chance to shine.
Jones expects the majority of the Lions tour group to be part of England’s World Cup camp in two years, but he’s on the lookout for new blood in his effort to help the team win the tournament in France.
“We’d be too old for the World Cup if we kept the squad we have now. “For a World Cup winning team, there is a definite profile of roughly 28 years old,” the 61-year-old remarked.
“We’ve been gradually reducing that over the last two years, and we need to keep speeding up because the elder players are getting older.
“It’s about finding the perfect balance in the team between what we have in terms of very excellent players and 11 good enough to play for the Lions, so they’re fairly excellent players, and there’s no reason why those guys can’t go to the World Cup if they keep their drive and form,” he said.
“As a general rule, all of those individuals are probably 25 or older, therefore we want to bring in some younger guys with vitality, risklessness (sic), and desire to help the squad climb higher and higher.”
Tom Curry and Sam Underhill were discovered four years ago on England’s tour to Argentina, which coincided with the Lions’ visit to New Zealand, and the ‘kamikaze twins’ would be key in a team that reached the World Cup final two years later.
Last week, the former Wallabies coach spent time with the Under-20s, telling them they had a potential to play in the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France.
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