Former England coach Eddie Jones has expressed regret over fielding teams dominated by Saracens players while they were consigned to the second division Championship.
A star-studded Saracens squad formed the backbone of the England side that Jones guided to the 2019 Rugby World Cup final.
But the London club was relegated from the Premiership for the 2020-21 because of a salary cap scandal that Jones now says led directly to his downfall as coach.
Watch the 2022-23 English Premiership Rugby season on the home of rugby, Stan Sport. All matches streaming ad-free, live and on demand
The Australian was sacked by the RFU earlier this month after a dismal 2022 campaign.
“We always make mistakes. If today I could go back in time, maybe I would change some of my selection criteria,” Jones told French publication Midi Olympique.
“2021 was a very bad year for us. Saracens had just been demoted to the second division. As you probably know, the England XV was then mainly formed by players from the Sarries.
READ MORE: Tigers great urges million-dollar star to avoid the club
READ MORE: Bizarre post fuels Warner retirement rumours
READ MORE: ‘Unhappy’ Dally M winner eyeing NRL comeback
“The problem is that their level had dropped considerably in the second division and that the performances of our national team immediately suffered from it.
“So I should have changed my tune that year.
“And I regret it, this is the mistake I made.”
Sean Maloney and Morgan Turinui bathe in a famous Wallabies comeback win and reflect on some of their favorite 2022 moments both on and off the show
Jones remains in demand and has been linked with a return to Australia – both in rugby and NRL – as well as jobs in the United States and Japan.
“Right now, everything is an option,” Jones said.
“Next month, I will decide.”
For a daily dose of the best of the breaking news and exclusive content from Wide World of Sports, subscribe to our newsletter by clicking here