‘We couldn’t have more respect for him’ – Jamie George on Eddie Jones after England’s win over Japan

David Skippers
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England skipper Jamie George and Japan head coach Eddie Jones.

England skipper Jamie George expressed his delight at how his side adapted to the heat and humidity in their 52-17 win in Saturday’s international against Japan.

The Red Rose started their mid-year campaign with an emphatic victory over Eddie Jones’ Japan at Tokyo’s National Stadium as they ran in eight tries against their hapless hosts.

“It was a really tough game. The conditions were very difficult. I’m very proud with the way we went about our business,” said George, speaking on RugbyPass TV.

‘Very happy’ with the result

“It was always going to be very difficult to come over here and get the result, but we’re very happy with that.

“It took us a little while to get used to the conditions but off the back of that we were really efficient with the ball and moved the ball into space.

“We’ve got some really talented backs with a lot of speed and we managed to show that.”

It was the first time that England have faced their former boss Jones, who is now Japan‘s head coach, since he was fired by the Rugby Football Union 18 months ago and despite his team’s huge winning margin, George only had words of praise for the Brave Blossoms and Jones.

“Japan are a fantastic team. We knew they would be well drilled and we obviously know Eddie very well. We couldn’t have more respect for him as a person and a coach,” George said.

“Japan played with very high tempo and I think they will be very successful over the next few years.”

Marcus Smith led the way for England with a commanding all-round display but Steve Borthwick‘s troops finished the match with 14 men after Charlie Ewels received a yellow card that was upgraded to red by the bunker review system in the game’s dying moments.

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This, after a dangerous clear-out of Michael Leitch and it meant he became England’s first player to be sent off twice after he was also red carded in his previous Test appearance against Ireland in 2022.

“I’m really pleased with the result and I thought the application of the players was really excellent,” said Borthwick.

“Clearly late in the game our cohesion broke up a little against a very fast and skilful Japanese team who took their chances really well.

“The ball movement of the Japanese team was really excellent and you can tell that over the next period of time their team is going to grow.

“They play in a certain way and are very, very dangerous and we had to defend really well to keep them out, especially in that first 20 minutes.”

Meanwhile, it was not the result which Jones wanted in his first game of his second term in charge of Japan.

‘Tough game’ for Japan

“It was a pretty tough game for us. England are a strong, powerful team,” he said.

“But I was really pleased with our set-piece work which kept us in the game for a long period of time.

“We’ve been working on things in our attack and we created opportunities but we weren’t able to finish them.

“Our movement around the ball still isn’t sharp enough. But there is real potential here for Japanese rugby.”

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