England players will have to be committed in making tackles - Eddie Jones

Eddie Jones has issued a warning to England players
Eddie Jones has issued a warning to England players

England coach Eddie Jones has urged his players to stay committed to the tackles if they are to be in contention for the national selection.

The first three rounds of the Gallagher Premiership saw 141 tries conceded and Jones feels lack of effective tackles contributed to the case.

Citing the example of the recently concluded Rugby Championship tournament which was highly competitive and was eventually won by New Zealand, Jones believes successful tackles will be key to success as they face Argentina, Japan, New Zealand and South Africa in the autumn internationals.

“The commitment to make a tackle is important in rugby and the players that we select will have to be committed to make them. Players that don’t won’t get picked,” Jones said.

“You saw how important it was in the Rugby Championship and on the summer tours, especially now that the ball is spread more than two passes only 30 per cent of the time.

“The ability to make an effective tackle not only stops the opposition going forward, but also creates a transition opportunity or a turnover opportunity, so backs who can take the legs away from the opposition are so important.

“We will be looking for players that are productive with the ball and without the ball.”