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Eddie Jones: England will be pride of Lions but should not get distracted

England rugby manager Eddie Jones in the stands

Eddie Jones expects England to provide at least 15 players in the British and Irish Lions’ squad – almost half the touring party to New Zealand next year – and will regard it as a personal failure if that target is not reached. But the Australian also warned his players that unless they maintained the required standard for England and avoid letting the Lions tour to the home of the world champions become a distraction they risk missing out altogether on Warren Gatland’s selection.

Eddie Jones plots the next stage of his England tour de force

England head coach Trevor Bayliss talks with England rugby coach Eddie Jones (R) during nets

If Eddie Jones’s players live in perpetual fear of what he may think of next, they should discourage him from taking field trips to the mountain stages of the Tour de France. Jones flew in from Barcelona on Tuesday with a big grin on his face, having witnessed miles and miles of Pyrenean torment, while devising ever-higher standards for his England team.

Dylan Hartley sets tone for England’s pursuit of Australia whitewash

England's Rugby team coach Eddie Jones talks with team captain Dylan Hartley during a training session on the eve of their third test against Australia's Wallabies in Sydney

Had there been a referendum here this week Australians would have voted unanimously for England’s rugby players to leave. Even if the visitors do lose the third Test and fail to gain a 3-0 series margin it has been a memorable tour that has confounded their reputation locally as oval-ball dullards. Eddie Jones complained about being searched at the airport on arrival but he can expect to be fast-tracked through departures.

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England rugby manager Eddie Jones in the stands

Eddie Jones: England will be pride of Lions but should not get distracted

Eddie Jones expects England to provide at least 15 players in the British and Irish Lions’ squad – almost half the touring party to New Zealand next year – and will regard it as a personal failure if that target is not reached. But the Australian also warned his players that unless they maintained the required standard for England and avoid letting the Lions tour to the home of the world champions become a distraction they risk missing out altogether on Warren Gatland’s selection.

England head coach Trevor Bayliss talks with England rugby coach Eddie Jones (R) during nets

Eddie Jones plots the next stage of his England tour de force

If Eddie Jones’s players live in perpetual fear of what he may think of next, they should discourage him from taking field trips to the mountain stages of the Tour de France. Jones flew in from Barcelona on Tuesday with a big grin on his face, having witnessed miles and miles of Pyrenean torment, while devising ever-higher standards for his England team.

England's Rugby team coach Eddie Jones talks with team captain Dylan Hartley during a training session on the eve of their third test against Australia's Wallabies in Sydney

Dylan Hartley sets tone for England’s pursuit of Australia whitewash

Had there been a referendum here this week Australians would have voted unanimously for England’s rugby players to leave. Even if the visitors do lose the third Test and fail to gain a 3-0 series margin it has been a memorable tour that has confounded their reputation locally as oval-ball dullards. Eddie Jones complained about being searched at the airport on arrival but he can expect to be fast-tracked through departures.

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England rugby manager Eddie Jones in the stands

Eddie Jones: England will be pride of Lions but should not get distracted

Eddie Jones expects England to provide at least 15 players in the British and Irish Lions’ squad – almost half the touring party to New Zealand next year – and will regard it as a personal failure if that target is not reached. But the Australian also warned his players that unless they maintained the required standard for England and avoid letting the Lions tour to the home of the world champions become a distraction they risk missing out altogether on Warren Gatland’s selection.