England head coach Eddie Jones said no one is indispensable ahead of England's Six Nations game in France as he mulls over his best options for the key away game on Saturday.
England's aspirations of securing a second Grand Slam in three years were ended by the 25-13 defeat to Scotland at Murrayfield, however, a win at Stade de France would keep them alive in the contest for the Six Nations championship.
Rain has been forecast for Paris on the day of the game, and the pitch invariably on the heavy side, Jones has predicted a “slogathon” against heavyweight French pack.
Jones asserted that no player is undroppable when queried if he could ditch the policy of selecting George Ford and Owen Farrell as twin playmakers.
"I am not wedded to anything. No one is indispensable," Jones said.
"There's an old story about this old coach who had a bucket of water in his office and he would say 'come here son, put your hand in this bucket'.
"You put your hand in and take it out and he says 'what's happened?' Your hand creates a hole and as soon as your hand comes out, the hole is filled in.
"No one is indispensable. It's the same for me - I'm not indispensable. The players understand that.
"They have got to play and perform so who is at 10 and 12 will be done on who we feel is the best for that game. Possibly the weather conditions could dictate a horses-for-courses selection.
"There is very heavy rain forecast for Friday and Saturday and the Stade de France is a heavy pitch anyway.
"With heavy rain, it will be even heavier, so it will be a 'slogathon'. We could pick a team to play a 'slogathon'."
Jones has already been enduring sleepless nights after their defeat at Murrayfield, however, he seems confident about knowing what needs fixing.
“Last night I woke up at 4am. I can’t sleep because it annoys me losing a game that we shouldn’t have lost,” Jones said.
“It is usually a thought in my head so I go into the office and start sending texts and emails to various staff members saying ‘what do you think of this?’ Some of them reply straight away.
“But I don’t have anxiety, I have thoughts about what we have got to fix and how we are going to fix it. If I had any anxiety I would be dead.
“You know when I die I have got anxiety. I am being serious. I have coached for 20 years. If I was anxious for 20 years I would be dead.”
Despite the loss, Jones appeared confident of his side's performance so far after taking over the reigns in November 2015.
“You don’t win 24 out of 26 games by doing a lot of things wrong. We do a lot of things right but we just went off course a little bit. We need to just put the ship back on course,” he said.
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