Eddie Jones plans to overhaul England squad by 60 per cent leading into 2023 World Cup squad

England coach Eddie Jones recently signed a contract extension until 2023 World Cup
England coach Eddie Jones recently signed a contract extension until 2023 World Cup
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England coach Eddie Jones has planned to have 60 per cent new players in the squad for the 2023 World Cup in France as compared to the previous edition.

Jones took over the England role from Stuart Lancaster post 2015 World Cup and successfully guided them to a World Cup final last year in Japan where they lost to the eventual champions Springboks.

The 60-year-old recently signed a two-year contract extension with the Rugby Football Union until the 2023 showpiece event and Jones wants to gradually bring in new faces while retaining the core players.

“I don’t think this group can have another World Cup in them,” Jones told BBC Sport.

“While there will be core members of the team who will be able to continue to the next World Cup, there will be a new influx of members coming in.

“If you look at the squad this year we have changed it by 20 per cent. There will be another 20 per cent change in the second year, and another 20 per cent in the third year.

“By the time we get to the World Cup it could be 40 per cent of the squad from the 2019 World Cup and 60 per cent new members.”

Senior players like Dylan Hartley and Chris Robshaw were already omitted by Jones leading into the World Cup in Japan and Jones is expecting more changes in the next few years.

“That’s how you get the growth in the team,” he added. “You have to continually look for better players and players who can add value to the team.”

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