No Six Nations party for England, says Jones, with much work to do


ngland won the Six Nations title by beating Italy on Saturday but there is still much work to do when the Autumn Nations Cup begins in 12 days, according to coach Eddie Jones.

England will be back at Twickenham for the first time in eight months to open the new eight-team tournament against Georgia on November 14. The tournament is made up of the six Nations teams, plus Fiji and Georgia.

England saw off Italy with a bonus point, with their title confirmed by the margin of France’s victory over Ireland. England celebrated in Rome before returning to their Teddington base to lift the trophy yesterday. The squad will reassemble on Thursday to prepare for the Georgia game.

Jones said: “We’ve started well but there is a fair bit to go, which starts again in two weeks against Georgia.”

Also in England’s group are Ireland and Wales, who they will meet before the final round in early December. Jones believes Exeter’s recent success, along with the Six Nations win, puts English rugby in a strong position.

“We’ve seen English clubs win the Challenge Cup and the Heineken Cup and now we’ve won the Six Nations, so it’s a pretty healthy stage for England,” he said. “It’s only going to get healthier.”

Meanwhile, the chief executive of Fiji rugby, John O’Connor, has revealed that three members of their squad have tested positive for coronavirus ahead of the Autumn Nations Cup. None of the three players showed symptoms and they are all isolating.

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