Eddie Jones in the midst of his England team players on November 28, 2020 in Llanelli.


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A final devalued because of a XV of France at a discount?

That's not the Englishman's problem, Eddie Jones said on Tuesday, five days before the final of the Fall Nations Cup.

“We don't care who they are going to field.

All we can do is play our best rugby.

We will focus on our performance and how to improve it, ”assured the coach of the XV de la Rose.

“In a competition, the week of the final is the one where you learn the most.

You learn about yourself, your teammates and how you function as a team.

We had an unsuccessful final (the 2019 World Cup, lost 32-12 against South Africa), we learned and we would like to put what we learned into practice, ”he added.

Baptiste Couilloud will be the captain of #XVdeFrance for this week of preparation and the final of the @ autumnnations at Twickenham.

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An agreement between the League and the Federation on the release of players in the fall limits the number of match sheets to three for French internationals.

The Blues will therefore have to do without the usual holders, such as captain Charles Ollivon or scrum-half Antoine Dupont for this final of the Autumn Nations Cup.

France, the only defeat in 2020 for the English

“We are looking forward to this match, we are very excited.

We worked hard, for nine weeks, to be in this position.

We can't control what the opponent is doing so that doesn't worry us.

Whatever team France lines up on Sunday, it will be competitive: it's going to be tough, they won the last two Under-20 World Cups so they have a lot of good, young players.

But that doesn't bother us, it's all out of our control, ”Jones also said.

The Blues of Fabien Galthié inflicted their only defeat of 2020 on England, a 24-17 setback to launch the 2020 Six Nations Tournament. But this success of February 2 had been obtained with Dupont, Ollivon as well as Romain Ntamack, Virimi Vakatawa or Gaël Fickou.

Scrum-half Baptiste Couilloud (23 years old, 4 caps) will be the captain of the XV of France for his first tenure with the Blues.


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