Ahead of England’s autumn international opener against South Africa, head coach Eddie Jones has backed the decision for referees to crackdown on dangerous tackles, even if that means costing his side a win, Sky Sports report.

Jones was part of the committee tasked with making the game safer, with the decision taken recently for referees to hand out more red cards for high tackles in an attempt to make the game safer.

The new approach in the game has resulted in numerous red cards at club level this season, with England international Danny Cipriani the highest profiled player to receive his marching orders in the last two weeks after a tackle for Gloucester against Munster.

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However, with many disagreeing with the decision, Jones, talking to the media ahead of the fixture with South Africa, insisted the change will benefit the game.

When asked if the changes could influence games, Jones said:

Yes it is inevitable, but so be it. If the game’s going to be better then that’s the price you’ve got to pay.

I was involved in the original committee about the tackle height and we need to make the game safer.

Within six months no-one talks about a tip tackle now. It’s out of the game, it’s a safer game for the players and it’s the same thing that will happen with the tackle law.