England boss Eddie Jones says losing to Ireland in the Six Nations on Saturday was the most beneficial game of his Red Rose tenure.
“You have got to create the right opportunity for players to lead and you’ve got to accept when they fail,” Jones told ESPN at AdWeek.
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“On Saturday I had the s—- big time because we lost, I hate losing, but at the same time that was the most valuable lesson for us because we didn’t respond to the pressure of the situation for whatever reason.”
It was Ireland that ended the All Blacks’ world-record winning run in Chicago last year, and after England has matched that feat against Vern Cotter’s Scotland, Jones’ men had the perfect opportunity to claim world rugby bragging rights and set up a dream tour for the British and Irish Lions.
However, the showdown in Dublin resulted in Jones’ first taste of defeat as England boss since he took over Stuart Lancaster in November 2015.
“We had a number of players who struggled and they’ll learn so much from that experience.
“Saturday for us was probably the most beneficial game we have had in the time I’ve been here, because there will be a number of players who will learn so much from it.”
The British and Irish Lions tour to New Zealand — which is now even more anticipated — will take place during June and July 2017.
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