'I'm not Alexander the Great' - Eddie Jones on changing England's rugby union structure

Eddie Jones believes he is powerless to change the English system
Eddie Jones believes he is powerless to change the English system
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England coach Eddie Jones admitted that he has no control over the transformation of English system where clubs retain control over the players.

Unlike the Southern Hemisphere where domestic provinces work in line with the governing body with the national interest in mind, European clubs have their control over players thereby leading to conflict at times with the national set-up.

Admitting he is no "Alexander the Great" to revolutionise a change, Jones urged on the need to work with the system in place.

"I'm not Alexander the Great. This structure has been set up for years and you're expecting a little Aussie like me to break it in three years," England head coach Jones said.

"Unless you break it there will be no change, but I can't control it and am happy to work with what we have.

"We can have discussions about what position a player should play, but the coaches get paid to make their clubs win.

"It's not like the provinces in New Zealand or Australia or South Africa where they have a responsibility to the national team.

"That's the structure and we work with it. We've got a responsibility to work with the clubs and we do that to a large extent. There's always conflict, but we've established good relationships."

England's breakdown woes were exposed during the Six Nations tournament earlier this year and their recently concluded June tour of South Africa mainly due to the way it was approached and refereed. However, Jones admitted the limitation on dictating to the clubs on the tactics need to be employed for improvement.

"It's not my job to influence how the Premiership is played and I don't think they would welcome it," Jones said.

"The only thing I can affect is how the breakdown's refereed in the international game and there are ongoing discussions with coaches and referees about that."

England will face South Africa, New Zealand, Japan and Australia in their autumn international series in November.

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