Jones calls for experienced England coach

Date published: October 13 2015

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Eddie Jones believes England should go for a coach with courage if they replace Stuart Lancaster following their Rugby World Cup exit.

Defeats to Wales and Australia at Twickenham saw England become the first home team to go out before the knock-out stages of the tournament, with Lancaster under huge pressure as a result.

Jones, meanwhile, oversaw Japan's impressive World Cup campaign in which they recorded three victories, including an historic win over South Africa.

He will now leave the Brave Blossoms to take over at the Stormers, but having been linked to the England job, he explained that whether it is him or someone else, Lancaster's potential replacement needed to have strong convictions that come with experience.

"An international team needs a coach who has the courage to be different," Jones told Sky Sports.

"A concern of mine is that too many teams are trying to play like New Zealand. That is not because there are so many coaches from that country scattered around the world: Joe Schmidt has not taken Ireland in that direction nor has Warren Gatland with Wales, which is why they have both done very well.

"If we [Japan] had lost to the United States in our final game, people would have asked why we didn't kick the ball rather than run with it.

"Because I am an older coach now, that sort of criticism does not worry me, but when you are a younger coach you feel the pressure and tell your team to kick the ball more.

"I think that's what happened to Stuart Lancaster. I have no idea what the RFU will do but they have to change it because they could have a bloody good team.

"Who knows what will happen in the future? The one thing about international rugby is that you need experience. You need someone who has been around."

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