Published: Mon, March 19, 2018
Sport | By Fredrick Flores

Lions tour blamed for England's poor form in six nations

Lions tour blamed for England's poor form in six nations

The 35-year-old Northern Irishman said this Grand Slam - achieved through a clinical 24-15 win over England at Twickenham on Saturday - meant more as captain and because he was only reserve hooker in the 2009 Slam.

Jones has presided over three defeats, to Scotland, France and Ireland, in this year's Six Nations and suggested that he may have run out of patience with certain unnamed England players.

And Jones rapped: "Some players will struggle to participate in the future".

"We have to get a greater depth to our squad, and a depth who can play Test rugby".

"Some guys are starting their global careers but I have to decide whether I have time to get them ready for the World Cup". "England are a good rugby side", Hansen said. No lack of effort by the team. "We just have to decide if we have the time to get them ready for the World Cup".

At a bitterly cold Twickenham - lines on the pitch had been painted blue so they would stand out against the unseasonal snow - converted tries from Garry Ringrose, CJ Stander and Jacob Stockdale gave Ireland a commanding 21-5 half-time lead in front of a capacity crowd of more than 82,000, with Conor Murray adding a penalty on the hour. But Jones denied England have regressed despite conceding second place in the global rankings to Ireland last weekend. When you take over a team like England there are things you can fix quickly but internal mechanisms, such as developing leaders, are slow burners, so for us it's been an enormously beneficial, if disappointing, tournament.

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I don't think we have. I know that is hard to see, he said.

"We have an opportunity to re-focus and learn and get better".

"We've hit a bit of a speedbump but I have no doubt that the way we work and the group of players we've got are going to keep getting better and will learn from this".

"It's up there as the biggest highlight of my career".

It was a really, really tough match.

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