England head coach Eddie Jones has revealed that his players can only begin to start thinking about the World Cup once the squad has been picked and until then, he wants them to remain fully focused.
Jones admitted that his side still needs to improve on a lot of things if they are to challenge for the prestigious trophy next year and has insisted that they will keep working hard to give themselves the best possible chance of winning.
As reported on England Rugby, Jones will get a good idea about the progression of his side when they meet South Africa, New Zealand, Japan and Australia in November.
The head coach said:
We only have the team for five days before the first Test against South Africa in November, so you look at your players and how you want to play. English rugby is generally quite conservative. It’s about set piece, defence and we haven’t tried to change that but we know to win the World Cup we’ve got to add a little bit and we are in the process of doing that. It’s not always easy.
When asked if the players are already thinking about the World Cup, he said:
They won’t start thinking about that until after the Six Nations, because they know to get to the World Cup there is certain things they need to do. They need to get into the squad.
We don’t need to peak now, and we don’t need to peak before, we need to peak for the final on 2 November and that’s the secret to a Rugby World Cup campaign.
Jones will be desperate for his side to have a good Six Nations campaign, especially after the poor display at this year’s competition.