Eddie Jones has urged his England aspect to stay collectively and repair the disciplinary flaws which have wrecked their Six Nations title defence.
Defeats by France at Twickenham on March 13 — topic to Authorities approval after their Covid outbreak — and Eire in Dublin would go away England dealing with the opportunity of ending as little as fifth within the desk, simply 5 months after successful the 2020 match.
Regardless of mounting stress, England head coach Jones is below no menace, however after the 40-24 defeat by Wales he conceded: ‘It’s virtually unattainable for us to win the championship now.
England slumped to a 40-24 defeat to Wales on Sunday night, ending their Six Nations tilt
England have didn’t recuperate their kind after their earlier shock defeat to Scotland in London
Eddie Jones has promised to haul England out of their stoop and restore his aspect’s flaws
‘So we simply should strategy the sport in opposition to France as a possibility to get again on the entrance foot. We’re entering into the proper course. We nonetheless have areas to enhance. We’ve to ensure we stick collectively.
‘The gamers now have per week off and are available again into camp late on Sunday after which we are going to dig in. As coaches, we shall be understanding tips on how to repair the issues we had in opposition to Wales and the way we’re going to beat France.
‘We’ve been by way of these intervals earlier than. Each staff goes by way of these. Everybody goes to have an opinion. Some is perhaps proper however we simply should pay attention to what’s essential.
‘We all know how exhausting we’re working and we all know what course we’re entering into. We are going to get out of this.’
England lifted the Six Nations simply 5 months in the past however have suffered a nosedive in kind since
George Ford echoed his head coach’s name for unity and optimism that England can emerge from this rut — however admitted that there have to be an answer discovered to the persistent drawback of indiscipline.
‘Clearly, the factor that allow us down considerably was our self-discipline,’ mentioned the Leicester fly-half. ‘In Check matches, one penalty is sufficient to shift the momentum of the sport, by no means thoughts a handful.
‘It’s one thing we’re going to should seize maintain of as gamers. It’s not the primary time it’s probably price us. We’re going to should entrance that one up. It’s massively disappointing.’
Requested if he may identification an underlying trigger, Ford added: ‘I’m unsure. I wouldn’t say we have been massively below the cosh, the place we needed to be determined to attempt to cease the momentum. We have been good defensively however clearly there’s something that we’ve to take a look at and repair it in a short time.
George Ford is decided to resolve the problems which have triggered England’s fall from grace
‘However the principle message from the coaches was that we are going to come by way of this and out the opposite finish — 100 per cent.
‘Stick collectively, make things better up, be trustworthy with one another and transfer on.’
In the meantime, England have opted in opposition to lodging an official criticism to World Rugby over the efficiency of referee Pascal Gauzere in Saturday’s defeat.
Gauzere awarded Wayne Pivac’s aspect two extremely doubtful tries within the opening half an hour, the primary of which was significantly controversial.
Former England captain Martin Johnson described the French official’s resolution to permit Josh Adams’ Seventeenth-minute landing as ‘appalling refereeing’, whereas even former Wales skipper Sam Warburton admitted Jones’ staff have been proper to be ‘furious’.