England are looking inwards for the missing intensity that Eddie Jones insists is responsible for the disastrous start to their Guinness Six Nations title defence. Scotland emerged convincing 11-6 winners from Saturday’s opener to register their first win at Twickenham since 1983, leaving Owen Farrell’s team to begin the rebuilding process against Italy.
“We just felt that we held back a little bit and we weren’t our usual vibrant selves,” head coach Jones said. “We’re really making sure that we focus on ourselves this week and get playing the sort of rugby we’d like to play, which is getting on the front foot and keeping the opposition on the back foot.”
“We’re just disappointed we didn’t improve from the French game (in the Autumn Nations Cup). We’re always looking to improve. As I said, I take responsibility for the performance.” he added. “Sometimes you don’t give the players exactly the right information and we didn’t play the way we wanted to. We’re on to the Italy game now.”
“There are five million situations in the game and we don’t coach five million situations.” Jones continued. “Once we get on the field the players make all the decisions and that has always been the case, but the responsibility to prepare them for the game is the head coach’s and therefore I didn’t give them the right information.”