Optimistic Eddie Jones backs England ‘to take it to Australia’ in Tests

Far from relaxing after winning the grand slam, the coach is in search of constant improvement as he prepares for his side’s three-Test summer tour

Eddie Jones has said a lot since taking over as England’s head coach without revealing a lot about himself and the way he works, but a few days after masterminding England’s first grand slam for 13 years, he spoke about why he made Dylan Hartley captain. It was a contentious choice, not least because of the player’s poor disciplinary record, which cost him his place in the World Cup squad, and it was made over the breakfast table at the squad’s base in Bagshot, the first time they had met.

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