Eddie Jones: England still determined to avenge Rugby World Cup 2019 loss to South Africa | Rugby Union News


Eddie Jones’ England squad for Saturday still retain nine survivors from the 32-12 mayhem by the Springboks in Yokohama; South Africa visit Twickenham for the last game of the autumn on Saturday

Last update: 11/25/22 6:54 p.m.

Eddie Jones believes his players will seek revenge when they face the Springboks on Saturday.

Eddie Jones insists that even three years on England are driven by the need to avenge their 2019 World Cup final loss to South Africa.

The Nations clash at Twickenham in the climax of the fall on Saturday, with England retaining nine survivors from the 32-12 mayhem of the Springboks in Yokohama.

Despite a 27-26 win in last year’s rematch, Jones is still haunted by the memory of his side failing to draw against the Springboks and believes the players involved that day are also suffering.

England's Sam Simmonds is expecting a power game when he takes on world champions South Africa at Twickenham on Saturday.

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England’s Sam Simmonds is expecting a power game when he takes on world champions South Africa at Twickenham on Saturday.

England’s Sam Simmonds is expecting a power game when he takes on world champions South Africa at Twickenham on Saturday.

“You never forget that moment when you stand on the court and watch the opposition get their gold medals,” Jones said.

“You hear the crowd go crazy and you stand there like a spectator. All the work you’ve done for a long time means nothing to you at that moment.

“It never leaves you and there will always be something about the players who played in this game.

“You can never change the outcome, but you can change the feeling you have and this is the chance for a number of our players this weekend.”

Manu Tuilagi is one of nine to face South Africa in 2019 and, despite making his debut 11 years ago, it took until Saturday’s clash to reach the 50 cap milestone.

Sale’s destructive center, 31, has been troubled by a succession of significant injuries, including the torn hamstring which forced him off shortly after attempting a try in the same game a while ago one year old.

However, during this Autumn Nations Series, he was able to chain three matches in a row to give hope of participating in the World Cup next year.

Eddie Jones praises Manu Tuilagi ahead of his 50th cap for England and says his players need to get off to a fast start when they face South Africa at Twickenham on Saturday.

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Eddie Jones praises Manu Tuilagi ahead of his 50th cap for England and says his players need to get off to a fast start when they face South Africa at Twickenham on Saturday.

Eddie Jones praises Manu Tuilagi ahead of his 50th cap for England and says his players need to get off to a fast start when they face South Africa at Twickenham on Saturday.

“It’s not that Manu wasn’t diligent before, but now he’s much more deliberate about what’s good for his body and what isn’t,” Jones said.

“On one occasion, on his day off, he went golfing and for some reason the golf swing made part of his back worse.

“He’s like that one-mile sprinter racehorse – his muscles are finely tuned and if they’re a little off he can have problems.”

With Tuilagi now considered one of the game’s most influential players, the Lions center was deported to Samoa over visa issues in 2010, a year after making his Leicester debut.

“When I first saw him play for the first team against South Africa he was 17 and he was beating people up so you knew he was going to be a special talent because of what. he could do at that age,” said former Tigers director of rugby Richard.
said Cockeril.

“Then I found out he didn’t have a visa and maybe he should go home – that was a slight problem. I was asked ‘why don’t you choose him?’ ‘I’m not really sure I can tell you…’.

“We had to go to the union and then we got good support from the government and that got him to where he is today. He could have played for Samoa.

“Back then he was so raw, so aggressive, but the thing about Manu is that he’s a very intelligent rugby player. He understands the game very well. He learns very quickly and that’s why he’s so good.”




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