Eddie Jones says lack of experience is hurting England
Eddie Jones has swatted aside uncertainty over his future by announcing that he is ready to restore England to the summit of the game.
South Africa have already clinched the series 2-0 ahead of Saturday’s final game at Newlands, while Jones’ tourists plunge down the global rankings because of a run of five consecutive Test defeats.
It’s five months until England’s next assignment – also against the Springboks but this time at Twickenham – and Jones insists his sole aim is to oversee an end to the barren spell and not dispel speculation over his post.
“I don’t need to worry about my job. All I need to worry about is coaching better,” Jones said.
“I woke up this morning, looked at Table Mountain and thought: ‘It’s a nice place’ – particularly when you’re on top, not so much when you’re looking from the bottom. So we need to get back on top.
“At the moment we have a young team that is struggling a little bit. That’s the reality. Everyone knows we are struggling. We don’t have enough experience in the team.
“We’re going through a renewal period. You go through a great period with a settled senior team. We don’t have that now. We are going through this renewal period and it’s tough.
“Someone has to take the team through it and I’m taking it through.”