Harlequin’s stalwart and former England regular, Danny Care, believes a revolution is needed if England are to harass the world’s best players at next year’s Rugby World Cup
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The team has a little less than 18 months until 2023 Rugby World Cup starts in France, having just completed a second straight Six Nations with a record loss. Jones has managed to promote a number of new first-team stars in recent months, however Harlequins Veteran Care has hinted that the boss is lagging behind.
“Everything else has changed – players, different coaches, backroom staff, physical therapists – apart from one person,” he said on the latest episode of the Rugby union weekly podcast. “Something’s not quite working and hasn’t been for a couple of years.”
the Rugby Football Union (RFU) stuck to his assessment Jones is the man running England until the end of the contract after the World Cup next year. This is despite a growing wave of fan pressure to make a change after the team scored just eight tries in their five Six Nations games.
It is clear that the union is in search of Jones’ successor However, as he attempts to reach a second consecutive Rugby World Cup final. Leicester Tiger Chief Steve Borthwick – who previously worked under the Australian as a forward coach – has been touted as one of the contenders to start alongside his former mentor.
The promotion of new regulars such as full-back Freddie Steward and Care’s club-mate Markus Schmidt have worked well. However, Jones has also been criticized for a lack of structure, such as hiring coaches Anthony Seibold (defence) and Martin Gleeson (attacking), all of whom have rugby league backgrounds.
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“I want England to play rugby that excites and inspires me,” added Care, 35, whose last appearance for his country was in November 2018. “I don’t think they’re trusted enough to do what they want to do their part – and we know there’s a certain fear factor in this camp.
“Eddie’s not a bad coach, but something doesn’t quite work. He needs to give or give the players a little more confidence [attack coach] Martin Gleeson the confidence to say that’s how we’re going to play. England have a lot of work to do if they want to get anywhere near the best teams.”
England was considered a big favourite South Africa in Japan almost three years ago after overcoming New Zealand in the semifinals. However, Jones’ men were easily defeated 32-12, 16 years after however he suffered a similar disappointment on home soil against England wallabies coach.
The 62-year-old has made no secret of his intention to step down next year and then become the longest-serving England head coach ever. However, many have questioned whether the results of recent years call for a faster response.
England are favored to come out of at least one lineup from Pool C, which is also included Argentina, Japan, Samoa and a final qualifier from Chile or the United States. Otherwise it would be a new low in the Jones era and a second time in three World Cups where the team will have failed at the first hurdle.
Care’s exclusion from the international team in recent years is seen by some as just a phone call Jones miscalculated. It doesn’t appear to be the only one judging by this year’s underwhelming Six Nations and the Quins star is looking to change sooner rather than later to salvage his France 2023 hopes.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/care-england-six-nations-rugby-26586845 Forgotten England star Danny Care calls for Eddie Jones move after Six Nations misery