England coach Eddie Jones blames the public school system for not producing players who have the skill and resolve to play rugby at the highest level for their national team
- Eddie Jones has hit out at public schools for not producing good enough players
- The England coach believes players lack resolve and skill to play for England
- Seven of England’s winning players against Australia were privately educated
Eddie Jones has accused the public school system of producing players who lack the resolve and the skill to take the England national team to a higher level.
The England head coach reckons privately educated youngsters struggle to become on-pitch leaders — and says the system needs to be ‘blown up’ if there is to be any meaningful change.
In an interview with The i newspaper, Jones reiterated a long-held view that England’s 2003 World Cup triumph was a one-off and should never have been seen as an endorsement of the players being produced by the fee-paying schools sector.
Jones is soon to mark seven years in the job as England coach, a period culminating in this summer’s thrilling 2-1 win in Australia.
Eddie Jones has slammed the public school system for not producing good enough players
‘They are good, tough players,’ he said. ‘They work hard but they only know what they know.
‘If you have only been in a system where you get to 15, you have a bit of rugby ability and then go to Harrow. Then for two years you do nothing but play rugby, everything’s done for you. You have this closeted life.
‘When things go to crap on the field who’s going to lead because these blokes have never had experience of it? I see it as a big thing.
‘When we are on the front foot we are the best in the world. When we are not, our ability to find a way to win, our resolve, is not as it should be.’
England had seven players in their side against Australia that were privately educated
Jones has long held the view that England’s 2003 World Cup win was a one off for public school players and not an endorsement for the system
Seven of the England XV who started the third Test in Australia against the Wallabies were privately educated. Jones himself attended a state comprehensive near Sydney.
And Jones reckons that public school culture creates a lack of individuality and flair which, unless challenged, will hold England rugby back.
‘I’ve been here seven years now and I’ve never seen kids in a park playing touch [rugby]. It’s all formal coaching in a formal setting in public schools.
‘You are going to have to blow the whole thing up at some stage,’ he added. ‘Change it because you are not getting enough skilful players through.’