Eddie Jones demands more hunger from England youngsters despite wins


• ‘They find it too easy. They are junior champions; they get a contract’
• Head coach praises ‘smart rugby’ after 35-25 win over Argentina

One might have thought a pat on the back would be in order. England, without 30 of their best players, have just won a series in Argentina for only the second time, purveying a brand of wit and bravery of which any one of the absent 30 might be proud. And Eddie Jones, the guru they are all so eager to please, wonders whether they want it enough.

“England players need to be hungrier,” he said in the bowels of the Estadio Brigadier General Estanislao López, whose field they had just conquered, surrounded by high fences, razor wire and an actual moat, the locals baying for their blood beyond. “They find it too easy. They play in the under-20s, they become Junior World Cup champions, they get a contract straight away. That doesn’t happen in any other country. I think the younger players are not hungry enough.”

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June 19th, 2017 by