England not worried about mind games from Eddie Jones - Jamie George

Jamie George will be captaining England in the upcoming summer series
Jamie George will be captaining England in the upcoming summer series

England captain Jamie George said the team will not be bothered by any mind games from their former head coach Eddie Jones as they face Japan in the upcoming encounter in Tokyo on Saturday.

Jones had coached England for seven years between 2015 and 2022 and eventually was sacked from the role after the team endured a tough period leading to the 2023 World Cup with Steve Borthwick replacing him.

Following his association with England, Jones went on to coach the Wallabies in the 2023 Rugby World Cup which proved further setback for him as they became the first Australian side to be eliminated from the showpiece event in the first round of the competition.

The 64-year-old now returned back to take over the head coach role of Brave Blossoms with his first assignment will be an encounter against England.

“I’m not sure that we can distract ourselves or be worried about too much of that kind of thing,” said George about any possible distractions from Jones leading to the game.

“This is a huge game for Eddie – his first game with Japan and us going back there for the first time since the 2019 World Cup. There are some great memories and some not-so great memories!

“But we’ve got a huge amount of respect for Eddie. He did great things for English rugby and he prepares his teams very, very well. He’ll have a really good plan in terms of how to break us down.

“When he speaks about Japanese rugby, he speaks a lot about moving the ball, playing a fast game, high tempo – so that’s possibly coming.

“But at the same time, who knows with Eddie – he’s a bit of a master of his craft, isn’t he?”