‘They are just bullies’ – Jones on the Springboks

Date published: August 31 2016

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England head coach Eddie Jones emphasised how England haven't beaten South Africa in ten years and that now was the time.

Jones' men take on the Springboks in their first game of the November Tests and are looking for the win.

"We’ll certainly pick our strongest team to play South Africa and will then take it from there," Jones told Rugby Tonight.

"We haven’t beaten South Africa since 2006. You know what they are like – they are just bullies, so there’s a big task for the first 23."

The England boss said he has the players to beat the Springboks in November.

"I thought we’d win the Six Nations and without being arrogant, I think England should always win the Six Nations or be in contention to win it because you might have some bad luck along the way that stops you winning it," Jones said.

"Given the players and the resources we have, we should always be in a position to win it.

"I thought we could beat Australia two to one, but I have to admit I was surprised how well we played in the third Test because we were tired and they had everything to play for.

"It was a real credit to our players, how they picked themselves up and got through that game and that’s a great sign."

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