Ever since after Jonny Wilkinson, there has been no other player capable of meeting that World Class status at England, Eddie Jones, England’s coach believes. However, he hopes that this could change very soon.
Jones believes that a number of players in his current squad may soon reach that heralded status.
England who had been on an 11 game winning streak since the takeover of Jones as coach, faced Argentine, defeating their opponents at the Twickenham last Saturday, and thus extending their winning streak to 13 games.
Owen Farrell, Billy Vunipola and George Ford, who had all started in the game against Pumas had played some sensational game and were pushing hard to be included in a global XV.
Jones, while speaking before the game against the Pumas had said,
“If you look at the record of English rugby since 2003, there’s only been one world-class player produced and that’s Jonny Wilkinson,”
He also added that a number of his players were on the move towards the world class area. More »
It is a very normal sight that Billy Vunipola will be barreling over the boundary as many despair filled hands fly in the air because of the try he made and missed a few minutes ago. One look at the clock at that moment can be worrying for a casual spectator as it read 74:05 and that meant that the game had reached its final few minutes. Billy was still swinging by as he started to respond to his loss of position in the English team last autumn.
He said that it’s really great to play in full 80 as it is one thing that he enjoys doing. When he went away with England, it was turned into some huge issue which was honestly outside his hands. Although the game was very tough, he is happy to beat the 80.
The pain after the match was clearly written across his face and his body language when he was coming back from the line. He had his hands on his head and his face was all scrunched up just the same way his instinct was. He later confessed that he lost out because he had fallen into his comfort zone and had started taking everything very granted.
He says that he has a lot to work on to keep up and not become over-confident. He decided to think that not everything will be coming his way just the way they had been for the past one year. He somewhat ignored what little extra they did after training. He recently avoided the extra ten minutes as he thought it would be fine. He accepted that he has taken a huge lesson from this and will never repeat the same again.