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Eddie Jones Admits He’s Having Sleepless Nights Since Scotland Defeat

Eddie Jones hasn’t been in this position many times before as England head coach.

Only on one other occasion has he had to dissect a defeat – England’s loss to Ireland at the end of 2017 Six Nations, a loss which was alleviated somewhat by the fact they still lifted the championship trophy at the end of the game.

The loss to Scotland this time could have bigger ramifications, however. If Ireland secure more championship points in their clash with Scotland than England do with France, Joe Schmidt’s side will have secured the championship with a game to go.

Such is the high-pressure environment of international Test rugby, questions have been raised immediately about what’s wrong with England. What needs to be done to address the back-row balance and who should be the midfield partnership are topics which have filled the column inches over the last week.

Jones will be mulling these issues over in his head and he’s not afraid to wield the axe if needs be this weekend.

“No one’s indispensable,” Jones told The Guardian. “It’s the same with me. We’re in a high‑performance environment. High performance means you’ve got to perform. [If] I lose one game I might be on flight QF1 back to Sydney. Who knows? You see it in football all the time now and rugby is becoming more and more like football.”

Jones admits that he has suffered sleepless night since the Scotland defeat as he attempts to come up with solutions before England travel to Paris this weekend.

“Last night I woke up at 4am. I can’t sleep because it annoys me losing a game we shouldn’t have lost. There’s usually a thought in my head. I go to the office and start sending texts and emails to various staff members. Some of them reply straight away, some of them don’t.”

France will undoubtedly be physical on Saturday and with rain forecast, it looks set to be a dogfight, Jones may make some changes to suit the type of game which will be played.

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Author: Sean McMahon

Sean is Deputy Editor and head rugby writer. You can contact him by email [email protected] or on Twitter