Eddie Jones has insisted he can nonetheless opposite England’s fortunes in Australia after enduring a humiliating report defeat by means of the 14-man Barbarians, which lots the power at the head trainer sooner than the sequence towards the Wallabies subsequent month.
Compounding issues, Jones faces various harm complications and a possible disaster at No 8 sooner than naming his traveling squad on Monday morning after the heaviest defeat of his tenure. England went down 52-21 towards the invitational aspect and the house crew needed to bear the embarrassment of gazing George Kruis backheel a conversion throughout the posts.
Jones misplaced Alex Dombrandt to a knee harm on Friday and even though the No 8 will see a expert on Monday he needs to be thought to be not likely to excursion. In addition, Sam Simmonds has already been dominated out and Jones printed that Billy Vunipola was once in rivalry for a call-up, handiest to maintain a concussion within the Premiership ultimate on Saturday. George Ford is any other participant prone to be dominated out after maintaining a knee harm in Leicester’s triumph.
It manner Jones is about to call a squad with a raft of senior gamers lacking – Henry Slade, Manu Tuilagi and Kyle Sinckler are already sidelined for the three-Test excursion which starts in Perth on 2 July. The head trainer additionally has calls to make on Ben Youngs and Joe Marler, however must they each be neglected Jones shall be with no wealth of revel in.
In addition, England’s commute plans had been hit with the squad having to commute in 4 teams on account of a loss of to be had flights, that means the entire traveling celebration may not be in combination till Thursday. Jones, on the other hand, sought to minimize the importance of the defeat towards the Barbarians, which follows disappointing Six Nations reverses to Ireland and France.
“We’re not going to Australia and get beaten by 50 and run the ball from our own 22 but we have a style of play that we want to keep developing now and we’ll pick and choose when we use it,” Jones stated.
“We’ve got a number of good young players coming through, there’s potential for the team to get better. But I can’t sway fans, all I can do is coach the team. We used today for a particular purpose and if we play really well it would have been a great result but not necessarily great for us in the future because we wouldn’t have found out things that we need to find out about.
“No one is happy about it but again we look at it in the light of what we’re trying to do. There’s a contextual situation here, we’re trying to build a new team, play a different way, a style that suits the players and there are going to be some ups and downs.
“It’s a good reminder of how much work we have to do before Australia. From that point of view I’m really pleased with what we did. I’m not pleased with how we performed. I’m pleased with the intent of what we tried to do and it’s great preparation for Australia. But obviously not happy with the result.”
The Barbarians fielded a facet brimming with spectacular French kids whilst Damian Penaud, a extra established member of Les Bleus squad, starred with two of his aspect’s 8 tries. Shortly sooner than half-time Will Skelton become the primary participant in Barbarians historical past to be despatched off however, whilst they had been 3 issues forward at that degree, Fabien Galthié’s aspect romped clear of England in the second one half of – such a lot in order that Kruis, on his swan‑tune look sooner than retiring – was once in a position to take, and ranking, 3 conversions.
“It’s been a good week,” Kruis stated. “I hadn’t been practising my kicking, I’d been practising something else. It’s been an epic week.”
The Barbarians assistant trainer Shaun Edwards printed Phil Bennett – the mythical fly-half and the person who began the maximum memorable take a look at in Barbarians historical past, who died not too long ago – was once distinguished within the squad’s ideas.
“We’ve been watching clips all week of him, obviously the famous try has been played numerous times,” Edwards stated. “I was lucky enough to meet him on numerous occasions in Wales and one thing that always shone out was his humility, for such a great player.”