A repeat of Lions tour misdemeanour will be a black mark for Kyle Sinckler - Eddie Jones

Eddie Jones has warned any England players caught misbehaving will be in
Eddie Jones has warned any England players caught misbehaving will be in
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England coach Eddie Jones has warned Harlequins prop Kyle Sinckler against a repeat of misconduct that saw him detained by the Auckland police during the recently concluded British and Irish Lions tour.

The incident happened in Central Auckland when the 24 year old was arrested for a 'minor disorder' during his night out on 8th July and later was released without any charges on early morning on Sunday.

Jones wants Sinckler to use the experience as a learning curve and warned him not to involve in such incidents in future.

"It is not a black mark against him but it will be if he does it again," Jones said of Sinckler's arrest.

"Everyone can tell you what you shouldn't do but you have got to experience it yourself.

"It's a good lesson to have and I think everyone will see that and learn from it. If they don't learn from it they are in strife.

"After the tour he's got to pick his foot up a little bit better. During the tour he was asked to play a role for them and I think he did pretty well.

"He's got to understand that the team comes before the individual. If we wants to develop his rugby career, that'll be the big thing for him.

"You need to pick the right place to have a drink. After the third Test for the Lions you don't go to a crowded club in Auckland. You're going to have every idiot in Auckland wanting to take him on because they know he's a hot head.

"There'll be some bloke saying to his mate, "hey, go and talk to that idiot over there". Experience teaches you that.

"The experienced players don't go to those clubs. They find a quiet place to have a drink because they know that night's going to be volatile and some Kiwi will want to make a name for himself.

"It's not a black mark against him but it will be if he does it again. It's a part of the learning experience."

During the 2011 World Cup, former England centre Mike Tindall was fined £25,000 by the Rugby Football Union and was also sacked from the Elite Player Squad as a result a dwarf throwing incident in Queenstown.

Jones, who coached England to back to back Six Nations title in 2016 and 2017 believes the senior players in the team need to take more responsibility in avoiding such incidents.

"At the end of the day you have got two periods with the team: you have the nine to five where the coaches are heavily involved and you have got the five to nine where the coaches are not heavily involved.

"In that period is where the senior players are instrumental."

Jones also stood firm on his ground of leaving the English job following the 2019 World Cup in Japan and further added that he is not interested in Lions role in 2021.

Asked if he is still leaving England after the next World Cup, Jones said: "Yeah definitely. I have no intention to do anything else.

"I have go to look at the cricket tours mate; what's on then?

"It is a long way to watch a Lions tour from Barbados. I will let Warren Gatland put his hat in the ring."

Asked if he does not fancy the Lions job, Jones said: "No."

 

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