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Eddie Jones says he ‘accepts the pressure’ he is under as England boss, adding Owen Farrell is ‘unhappy’ not to be captain

Eddie Jones accepts he is ‘under pressure’ as his England team tour Australia for a three-Test series, live on sky sportsand added that Owen Farrell is “unhappy not to be captain”.

Jones leads England against his native Wallabies after a second successive Six Nations in which his side have recorded just two wins from five, and after a shocking 52-21 home loss to a 14-man Barbarians side.

Amid rumors that Jones’ job as head coach could be called into question if the July series against Australia goes awry, the 62-year-old Aussie says he understands the pressure and scrutiny he is under.

“All the international coaches are under pressure, I’m under pressure because the results haven’t been good enough,” Jones said Thursday after naming his squad for Saturday’s first test.

England head coach Eddie Jones admits he is under pressure after a run of poor results but insists that is the case with all international coaches.

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England head coach Eddie Jones admits he is under pressure after a run of poor results but insists that is the case with all international coaches.

England head coach Eddie Jones admits he is under pressure after a run of poor results but insists that is the case with all international coaches.

“Our expectations are high, the media’s expectations are high, everyone’s expectations are high and that’s fine.

“When the president comes out and says, ‘I promise you results,’ where does the pressure go? He goes to the coach.

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Dave Rennie’s [Australia head coach] under pressure, across the ditch [New Zealand] they are under pressure. Everyone is under pressure.

“But it’s the part of the job that we like and enjoy, and we accept responsibility for the pressure.”

Maggie Alphonsi says the pressure is on Eddie Jones and England to deliver positive results and performances on tour in Australia.

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Maggie Alphonsi says the pressure is on Eddie Jones and England to deliver positive results and performances on tour in Australia.

Maggie Alphonsi says the pressure is on Eddie Jones and England to deliver positive results and performances on tour in Australia.

Aside from bringing scrum-half Danny Care and No. 8 Billy Vunipola back to the team for the first time in years (Care since 2018, Vunipola since March 2021), the other top team news saw Courtney Lawes retain the captaincy despite that Owen Farrell returned to the team after his ankle injuries.

Jones admitted that Farrell was not satisfied with the decision.

“Very unhappy [Farrell’s response]Jones added. “Owen is a guy who expresses his feelings clearly.

“He wants to be captain and when I told him I wasn’t captain he wasn’t happy. He’s been out of the team for a long time and we think that’s the best thing for the team.”

He has played 97 games for England and has won everything except the World Cup. It is very important for us.

“Courtney Lawes has a good sense of togetherness, he’s easy going, he gets involved with the players. He’s the perfect fit for this tour.”

The England head coach explains his decision to keep Courtney Lawes as captain, but hints the door may still be open for Owen Farrell to return to the role.

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The England head coach explains his decision to keep Courtney Lawes as captain, but hints the door may still be open for Owen Farrell to return to the role.

The England head coach explains his decision to keep Courtney Lawes as captain, but hints the door may still be open for Owen Farrell to return to the role.

In another exclusive interview with Sky Sports in Australia, Jones said: “Courtney (Lawes) did a good job during the Six Nations, and with Owen (Farrell) out for a good period of time, we wanted him to really focus on his game and to be the best player you can be. So we thought for this tour, that’s the right situation.

“He wants to be captain. He thinks he’s the best captain, and right now I’ve made the wrong decision.”

“We had a good talk about it, and I would have been disappointed if he wasn’t so angry about it, which is good.

“There’s no reason why I can’t. [return as captain]but the big job for him now is to play three good, tough Tests and play his best.

“He also has a young 10 with him, and it’s an important job to guide him.”

Will Greenwood anticipates the first Test between Australia and England in Perth and says Eddie Jones' job is on the line in the series.

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Will Greenwood anticipates the first Test between Australia and England in Perth and says Eddie Jones’ job is on the line in the series.

Will Greenwood anticipates the first Test between Australia and England in Perth and says Eddie Jones’ job is on the line in the series.

Harlequins scrum-half Care makes a surprise return to the first team at 35, but his form at club level over the last two years alongside England playmaker Marcus Smith has been excellent.

His performances have not been lost on Jones.

“We have been watching Danny closely, he has been good for his club. He has been impressed ever since he arrived. The Optus Stadium [Perth, Saturday’s first Test] he’s tough and suits his style of play.

“He has been in consistent good form for his club and deserves this opportunity.

“It was a very close decision, Harry Randall has been in good form, but the young [Jack van Poortlviet] can end the game too.”

England: 15 Freddie Steward, 14 Jack Nowell, 13 Joe Marchant, 12 Owen Farrell, 11 Joe Cokanasiga, 10 Marcus Smith, 9 Danny Care; 1 Ellis Genge, 2 Jamie George, 3 Will Stuart, 4 Maro Itoje, 5 Jonny Hill, 6 Courtney Lawes (c), 7 Tom Curry, 8 Billy Vunipola

Replacements: 16 Luke Cowan-Dickie, 17 Mako Vunipola, 18 Joe Heyes, 19 Ollie Chessum, 20 Lewis Ludlam, 21 Jack van Poortlviet, 22 Guy Porter, 23 Henry Arundell.

Watch all the action from England's tour of Australia, Scotland's tour of Argentina, Wales' tour of South Africa and Ireland's tour of New Zealand, live on Sky Sports

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Watch all the action from England’s tour of Australia, Scotland’s tour of Argentina, Wales’ tour of South Africa and Ireland’s tour of New Zealand, live on Sky Sports

Watch all the action from England’s tour of Australia, Scotland’s tour of Argentina, Wales’ tour of South Africa and Ireland’s tour of New Zealand, live on Sky Sports

Bumper July Rugby on Sky Sports

As well as showcasing Ireland in New Zealand this summer, sky sports will show England’s three-event tour of Australia, Wales’ three-event tour of South Africa and Scotland’s three-event tour of Argentina.

Saturday, July 2

New Zealand vs Ireland – Live sky sports action starting at 7:30 am (start at 8:05 am)

Australia vs England – Live sky sports action from 10:15 (start at 10:55)

South Africa vs Wales – Live sky sports action from 15:30 (start at 16:05)

Argentina vs Scotland – Live sky sports action from 7:30 p.m. (start at 8:10 p.m.)

Saturday, July 9

New Zealand vs Ireland – Live sky sports action starting at 7:30 am (start at 8:05 am)

Australia vs England – Live sky sports action from 10:15 (start at 10:55)

South Africa vs Wales – Live sky sports action from 15:30 (start at 16:05)

Argentina vs Scotland – Live sky sports action from 7:30 p.m. (start at 8:10 p.m.)

Tuesday, July 12

Maori All Blacks vs Ireland – Live sky sports action from 8 am (the start is at 8.05 am)

Saturday, July 16

New Zealand vs Ireland – Live sky sports action starting at 7:30 am (start at 8:05 am)

Australia vs England – Live sky sports action from 10:15 (start at 10:55)

South Africa vs Wales – Live sky sports action from 15:30 (start at 16:05)

Argentina vs Scotland – Live sky sports action from 7:30 p.m. (start at 8:10 p.m.)

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