Eddie Jones: They have to get on with it

By Thomas Branston

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England Rugby boss Eddie Jones revealed that his star players that were omitted from the British and Irish Lions tour of New Zealand this summer need to “get on with it” and claims their England future is at stake.

The Australian has recently revealed the England squad that will tour Argentina this summer with a mixture of experience and youth, including the likes of Dylan Hartley, George Ford, Joe Launchbury, Mike Brown and James Haskell.

He said: “We will have a quick chat but they have to get on with it. They have their English careers at stake.

“If they don’t perform for England then they wont be included in the squad so you don’t want them to be unhappy twice.

“They’ve got to knuckle down and work hard, do their best for England and make sure we win in Argentina.”

The 57-year-old remains upbeat about England’s chances this summer despite overseeing his side on the wrong end of a 13-9 scoreline against Ireland in the RBS Six Nations to end a record-equalling run of 18 consecutive wins.

He said: “We are confident but it’s going to be tough, they were semi-finalists at the World Cup in 2015 and we are playing in their back yard.

“Its a very small place with a fairly raucous crowd so we are going to have to be at our best.”

Jones expressed how proud and happy he is seeing 16 England players included in the Lions squad but threw caution into the wind stating players need to perform in the red jersey.

He continued: “It’s fantastic and obviously there were two or three others that feel a little bit aggrieved that they haven’t been included.

“Everyone’s got a reason not to be selected, so we are proud of having the 16 English players that have been included in the Lions squad.

“The really important thing now is that they go down to New Zealand and beat them, it’s not good enough to just be in the Lions squad, it’s about what you do when you get in the jersey.”

Eddie Jones’s side will face Argentina in a two-test tour of Argentina this summer beginning at the Estadio San Juan del Bicentenario, San Juan on Saturday 10 June and then play at the Estadio Brigadier General Estanislao Lopez, Sante Fe, a week later on 17 June.

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