Six Nations: Jones warns inspirational England props Sinckler and Genge will get even better

The pair have been mainstays in the English front line in their three matches so far in this year’s Six Nations. But Jones predicted there was more to come from Sinckler, who won his 50and international selection against Wales, and Genge, who will be a teammate at Bristol next season.

“I think his [Sinckler’s] development as a player…for Harlequins to play 50 caps, two players on the Lions Tour is an exceptional achievement,” Jones said. “It shows his resilience and his desire to keep improving. There’s no reason why in the next two games he can’t do better than what he has been doing.

“Ellis Genge shows the same kind of desire. But they’re probably still only 60 or 70 percent of what they can be. Our job is to find that 20% to 30%. 100 extra.

“And imagine those two being the best ones and threes in the world, showing young kids the ability to grow out of settings other than rugby.”

England have had a mixed Six Nations so far. They narrowly lost their opener to Scotland before comfortably beating Italy and then delaying a Wales comeback to make it two wins from three outings, leaving them third in the table behind leaders France and Ireland.

Jones is not expected to make any sweeping changes for the Irish’s visit to Twickenham, with Harry Randall and Marcus Smith set to continue their burgeoning half-back pairing.

Smith was arguably the English revelation at the tournament and Jones said he was confident that, for all his attacking flair, he would also become a world-class defender in the future.

Eddie Jones hailed the development of England prop Kyle Sinckler

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“He’s doing really well,” the Australian said of his No.10. “He is learning as a young and relatively small 10 year old how to make the right tackle selection. These 10-year-olds are all tested. They find a way to become a good defender, and Marcus will.

Jones’ nine and 10 are part of a new England side from the last Six Nations when they had looked in contention until they were largely beaten by Ireland in their last game.

Only six players from the starting line-up in that game a year ago were in the XV to face Wales last week.

And Jones said of that match: “I think that signaled that we would run our course with this group of players and that we needed to move on. We got a good win against France and were lucky to end the tournament well and we didn’t. It was disappointing.

“We are a young but very good team. Our best is yet to come. We are building in the right direction.


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