Eddie Jones gives England outrageous and unrealistic target in first Six Nations press conference
Eddie Jones appeared to be as confident as ever in his first Six Nations Press conference for the 2020 campaign. This was his first proper presser since the World Cup final and you can see the motivation in his face.
England announced their Six Nations squad yesterday, naming eight uncapped players in that starting lineup. The likes of Jacob Umaga, the nephew of All Black legend Tana Umaga were included.
Jones was as crafty as ever in this press conference which had the potential to go off the rails when reporters pushed him on his thoughts on Saracens being relegated to the second tier of English rugby.
Eddie Jones has selected 20-year-old Ted Hill in his back row for the Six Nations, the man who destroyed one of the Tuilagi brothers with a massive hit last year…
The youngster has made a name for himself in the Premiership with his physical dominance. pic.twitter.com/OqtrPKo150
— RugbyPass (@RugbyPass) January 20, 2020
Eddie Jones gave his England team an outrageous short term goal in this press conference.
He first said that he wanted England to be the best rugby team in the World. That seems fair enough and a target that is certainly achievable if they can topple the likes of New Zealand, Wales and South Africa.
It was his next goal that really shocked us. He said he wanted this England team to the greatest rugby team that the World has ever seen.
Now we know that Eddie Jones is a confident man, but this goal, to be thrown out in a press conference like this. Was he trolling or being genuinely serious.
Does this England team have the potential to challenge the likes of the New Zealand team in 2013-2015? Or could it be anywhere near as good as the South African World Cup-winning team of 2007.
One thing is for certain, Jones appeared to be very confident that his team can push on from the success that they enjoyed in the 2019 World Cup, even without Billy Vunipola in their squad.
Here is the moment he made this audacious claim for England. Was he being serious?