Eddie Jones

Jones happy with eager England

the "serious preparation" for their Rugby World Cup opener.

The 2003 winners are set up at a training base in Miyazaki ahead of this year's tournament, though the 31-man squad have been given the chance to do a variety of other activities before the focus switches back to rugby.

They visited a local school during the week, with some players trying their hand at archery, while Jones has allowed them the opportunity to relax as they settle into their new surroundings.

England fans exasperated by Vunipola's status as the only player to start all four warm-up games

 The England coaching team have defended their over-reliance on Vunipola, saying the No8 needs to play regularly as he gets better with every game despite fears from fans of fatigue and injury. 

The Saracens star has had his fair share of injury troubles over the past couple of seasons, particularly with his knees and breaking an arm on multiple occasions. 

With England’s World Cup campaign starting less than three weeks, England fans on social media cannot understand why he is still being played. 

Warren Gatland '100 per cent' rules out replacing Eddie Jones as England coach

The New Zealander was on Wednesday confirmed as Lions coach for the third successive time after he led the tourists to Australia and New Zealand in 2013 and 2017 respectively.

The 55-year-old is standing down as Wales coach after 12 years once their Rugby World Cup campaign concludes in Japan later this year.

England's Rugby Football Union (RFU) have reportedly been interested in Gatland succeeding Jones but the Kiwi coach was having none of it.

Jones wins backing of Tindall

England and Jones have come in for criticism after a difficult start to the year in which they lost six consecutive matches before the series dead rubber against South Africa at the end of June.

But Tindall is confident Jones can again get England playing the sort of rugby that made them Six Nations Grand Slam winners in 2016, as they went unbeaten through his first year in charge.

"The way [Jones] handles the media, the way he handles players is fine and dandy when you're winning," Tindall told Omnisport.

Defiant Jones confident of upturn in England fortunes

The RFU gave head coach Jones their backing after an ill-disciplined England squandered a 12-0 lead to lose the second Test - and the series - 23-12 against South Africa in Bloemfontein on Saturday.

Jones has come in for criticism after three consecutive Six Nations defeats were followed by two against the Springboks, also losing to the Barbarians before embarking for their tour.

The defiant Australian is confident the tide will turn with the World Cup to come in Japan next year.

Jones feeling the heat

Former Wallabies coach Jones's side raced to a 12-0 lead in Bloemfontein on Saturday before the Springboks got into the game and over-ran them 23-12 to secure the series.

It's the second week in a row England have let a lead slip, with South Africa coming back to win 42-39 in Johannesburg.

The defeat on Saturday was the sixth overall on the trot for England, who also lost to the Barbarians before they left for South Africa.

Jones defends training approach

Ben Te'o is the latest England star to be hurt on international duty after the Worcester centre aggravated a thigh problem when performing a weights session last week.

Te'o first sustained the injury while playing for England during this year's Six Nations tournament.

It raises the number of casualties during Jones' England camps to 15.

Five of those are Bath players and the Premiership club's owner Bruce Craig has slammed Jones, saying the injuries are "totally unacceptable".

Jones sorry for offensive remarks

A video has emerged of Jones making the remarks at an event for Japanese company Fuso last July.

The Australian said: "We've played 23 Tests, we've only lost one Test to the scummy Irish.

"I am still dirty about that game. We'll get that back, we'll get that back don't worry. We've got them next year at home, we'll get them back."

Jones also reflected on his time as Japan head coach, making reference to a 125-0 defeat for the Under-20 national team against their Wales counterparts soon after he took over the Brave Blossoms.

Eddie Jones faces train abuse

Jones is reported to have travelled standard class from Edinburgh to Manchester on Sunday, watching Manchester United take on Chelsea at Old Trafford before later continuing his journey to London.

It is claimed Jones faced both physical and verbal abuse from others on the train and the Australian says he will review his future transport arrangements.

"I try and do the right thing by the fans but if that happens then you've got to have a look at your own safety," said Jones. "I never knock back a request for a selfie unless I'm racing to somewhere. I did a lot.

Gatland backs Jones as next Lions coach

"He'd do a great job as Lions coach. 3-0 would be expected. It's probably the easiest of the three tours isn't it?" Gatland said after naming his Wales side to face Jones' England in the Six Nations on Sunday.

Gatland coached the last two Lions tours to Australia in 2013 and his native New Zealand last year but says Australian Jones is the best man to handle the next one.

"I'm learning from him. He's doing a great job so I'm watching him pretty closely," Gatland added.