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Barbarians vs Fiji: Eddie Jones fails to win England World Cup final



Jones barbarians from the XV contain Springboks, including Makazole Mapimpi and Tendai Mtawarira
Barbarians / Fiji
Place: Twickenham Stadium Meeting: Saturday, November 16 Beginning: 14:30 GMT
Roof: Live on BBC One

Coach Eddie Jones says he has not overcome South Africa's final defeat of England's Rugby World Cup.

England lost 32 to 12 in Yokohama this month as Springbok scrum mastery and their own inaccuracies proved essential.

"It goes through your head all the time, it's not easily lost," Jones told BBC Sport.

"We'll learn from what happened in this final, but the next thing is the most important thing we do."

Jones's England contract expires in 2021 with Bill Sweeney, chief executive of the Rugby Football Union, saying this month that no formal talk has been started about the extension to France in 2023.

Jones said "no one knows" if he will lead England at the next World Cup, adding that "it is not my decision."

The Australian is overseeing the barbarians for the meeting with Fiji in Twickenham on Saturday, while the England team is next in action in France at the opening weekend of the Six Nations in February.

Jones has called up seven uncapped players for his first England squad after a staggering 2015 World Cup campaign, including top stars Maro Itoje and Elliot Daly.

He admits that even if he is not the coach to benefit, his team for the Six Nations 2020 will be chosen with an eye on the upcoming World Cup.

"Whenever you start a four-year cycle, you need to plan ahead," he added.

"Let's look at the national team in terms of that – how can we build a side to win the next World Cup."


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