Eddie Jones asks England to be ruthless with Italy and divert their inner Muhammad Ali after the defeat to Scotland

EDDIE JONES wants England to be ruthless before Italy – and to burn like a bee.

The England The boss is not content with just beating the boys in the tournament, he wanted to give a performance to lift the mood after opening last weekend crash in Scotland.

Eddie Jones has called on his players to be ruthless


Eddie Jones has called on his players to be ruthlessCredit: AFP
I'm using Muhammad Ali's performance against Sonny Liston as motivation


I’m using Muhammad Ali’s performance against Sonny Liston as motivationCredit: AP: Associated Press

And, for motivation, Jones used an image of boxing legend Muhammad Ali to ask Sonny Liston to get up from the tarp so he could lunge at him again.

“We wanted to be ruthless,” Jones said. We have an opportunity on Sunday to redeem what we did last Saturday.

“We can only do that from being really ruthless and having that vision of Muhammad Ali standing on top of Sonny Liston.

“You have that kind of picture in your head, where you want to really get to them.”

Jones made six changes to his starting lineup, with Harry Randall, former half, Jack Nowell and No. 8 Alex Dombrandt among those promoted from the substitutes.

And his bench is brimming with power and experience, with Luke Cowan-Dickie, Kyle Sinckler, Joe Marler, Elliot Daly and George Ford all ready to go.


Jones added: “When you look at the quality of our bench, it’s a testament to the strength of the team.

“We had what would be considered a very young and inexperienced team at the start.

“But we had a great blend for this game of an XV that started out young and vibrant and an end eight that was more experienced and worldly.

“There’s a chance that the eighth-placed person will have a chance to put Ali above Liston.”

Randall’s promotion means that Ben Youngs will have to wait a little longer to equal Jason Leonard’s record of 114 England caps.

But having watched Youngs while growing up in Wales, Randall, 24, said: “He’s been a consistent player throughout the years and I’m happy to see him at the weekend.”

Other new faces in the XV are prostitute Jamie George and supporter Will Stuart plus Bath second-rower Charlie Ewels, who teamed up with Nick Isiekwe in the engine room, with Maro Itoje moving to work on the flanks. .

The head of Italy, Kieran Crowley, insists his side do not have the mental scars of the Six Nations despite their poor record in Europe.

These young players don’t have enough baggage after going through 33 defeats

Kieran Crowley

The Italians have lost 33 games at the tournament, with the most recent victory being against Scotland in 2015.

However, Kiwi Crowley, who won the World Cup as a player in 1987, added youth to his squad and said: “These young players don’t have the baggage to go through 33 games. lose.

“But we cannot let these young men compare all the time or they will start to believe it.

“We, as coaches, have to try to provide an environment where they have a little bit of confidence.

“But you have to accept the fact that we lost 33 in a row because that’s the reality.”

The Italians, who lost 37-10 to France last weekend, were without the magical Tommaso Menoncello.

The 19-year-old winger, who became the youngest goalscorer at the tournament for more than 50 years in Paris, suffered a knee injury. He will be fit enough to face Ireland on February 27.

ENGLAND: Warden; Malins, Marchant, Slade, Nowell; Smith, Randall; Genge, George, Stuart, Ewels, Isiekwe, Itoje, Curry (captain), Dombrandt. Representative: Cowan-Dickie, Marler, Sinckler, Chessum, Simmonds, Youngs, Ford, Daly. Eddie Jones asks England to be ruthless with Italy and divert their inner Muhammad Ali after the defeat to Scotland


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