We’ll focus on rugby – and put smiles on faces says Jones – Yahoo News

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VIDEO SHOWS: NEWS CONFERENCE WITH ENGLAND RUGBY COACH EDDIE JONES / FILE OF JONES AND ENGLAND TEAM TRAINING

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1. VARIOUS OF EDDIE JONES SITTING IN DRESSING ROOM POSING FOR PHOTOS

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2. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ENGLAND HEAD COACH EDDIE JONES SAYING ON PLAYING IN ITALY IN SIX NATIONS:

“I’m not a health commissioner, I’m a rugby coach and the only thing I worry about is the rugby. All those things, there is enough people in the world and enough people in England and enough people in Italy to worry about those things. So I will leave that to those guys, and I will just worry about the rugby mate.”

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3. VARIOUS OF JONES AND ENGLAND CAPTAIN OWEN FARRELL POSING WITH TROPHY

4. JONES AND FARRELL WALKING INTO NEWS CONFERENCE ROOM

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5. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ENGLAND HEAD COACH EDDIE JONES SAYING:

“Our job is to put a smile on people’s faces and that’s what we are going to try to do. We’d like fans to be in the ground but they can still watch on the various transmissions, and we want to make sure we put a smile on their face.”

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6. JONES ARRIVING AT ENGLAND TRAINING SESSION

7. PLAYERS ARRIVING AT TRAINING

8. CAPTAIN OWEN FARRELL KICKING BALL

9. JONES SPEAKING TO PROP ELLIS GENGE

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10. FARRELL WALKING

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11. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ENGLAND HEAD COACH EDDIE JONES SAYING:

“Well the game does evolve and what I have said previously, particularly, in New Zealand Super Rugby and Top 14, we’ve seen a lot more quick ruck ball. We’ve also seen a lot more transition in the game because if you’re good at the breakdown you not only have the opportunity to have quick ruck ball you also have the opportunity to turn the ball over. So if that continues in test rugby and we are not sure, but if it does, then we need to be equipped to play a little bit flatter and a little bit faster and then into transition to be able to flick the switch quickly and get in position quicker than the opposition in either attack or defence, so we have been doing some preliminary work on that, and we just need to see how the game evolves now.”

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12. VARIOUS OF FLANKER TOM CURRY TRAINING

13. VARIOUS OF HEAD COACH EDDIE JONES SPEAKING TO BEN YOUNGS

14. LOCK MARO ITOJE WARMING UP

15. VARIOUS OF JONES WATCHING TEAM AND LAUGHING

16. FLANKER SAM UNDERHILL WALKING

17. ENGLAND TRAINING

18. JONES AND PROP JOE MARLER LAUGHING

STORY: England coach Eddie Jones says he is focusing more on the changing face of the ruck than the potential impact of COVID-19 as he begins his preparations for six weeks of international rugby.

Jones is starting a three-day training camp on Tuesday (October 6) with a multitude of players unavailable due to club commitments and coronavirus issues, after 16 positive player tests at Sale led to the postponement of one game and the cancellation of another.

“I’m not a health commissioner, I’m a rugby coach and the only thing I worry about is the rugby,” Jones told a remote news conference on Tuesday.

Jones has been zipping up and down the country taking in as many Premiership games as possible and devouring TV footage from oversees and says he is working on ways to ensure the changing approach to refereeing the breakdown is quickly transferred to his camp.

England have a non-cap game against the Barbarians on Oct. 25 before travelling to Italy for their rearranged final game of the Six Nations on Oct. 31, when a victory could take the title.

They then have four games in the new Autumn Nations Cup series, though it looks as if they will be played without any supporters on site, and Jones said his aim was to give rugby fans something to smile about when they were watching on television.

(Production: Iain Axon)

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