Some Of The England Players Won’t Be Happy With Eddie Jones’ Latest Comments
Eddie Jones says England have failed to produce a world-class player since Jonny Wilkinson,
World Rugby layer of the year nominees Owen Farrell and Billy Vunipola, as well as fly-half George Ford — each of whom start against Argentina — are three England stars pushing hard for inclusion in a global XV according to Jones but aren’t quite there yet.
“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,” Jones said. “But some of our guys are moving towards that world-class area.
I don’t think you get a stamp on your head to say you’re world class now and you’ve got that for life.
“We’ve got guys now who are starting to perform 8 out of 10 every game and when you do that then you become world class. Now we have a number of players who want to be part of a great team and want to be great players. They’re growing in assertiveness and in their desire to be better, which is fantastic.
Is Eddie Jones right? Have England failed to produce a world-class talent since Wilkinson or is there someone in the current crop who is already there?