Jones takes aim at World Rugby over ‘ridiculous’ Barrett red card

England celebrate a try

"We've got processes for our performance and we are well aware of where we went wrong in the first half".

"We're like any family - everyone sits around the dining table, everyone enjoys good conversation, but you know there are problems and we're exactly the same".

"They really stuck to the game plan, played with a lot of determination and effort", said England boss Eddie Jones after the win against Wales.

"All I can do is trust the players - they are adults, they're responsible, they want to play for England and we could have some problems".

Yet his party for Japan features an uncapped player in Bath wing Ruaridh McConnochie, with three of his 31 - scrum-half Willi Heinz, flanker Lewis Ludlam and hooker Jack Singleton all only making their England debuts in Sunday's 33-19 warm-up win over Wales at Twickenham. "If we do, we'll deal with them".

Wales also has a big concern over the fitness of Anscombe, the five-eighth limping off in the first half after damaging his left knee in Alun Wyn Jones's Welsh record 135th Test.

"I've coached for 25 years, I've never been confident in a team being smooth", Jones said after announcing his squad in Bristol.


Tries from Billy Vunipola, Joe Cokanasiga and Luke Cowan-Dickie and a ideal kicking display from stand-in captain George Ford prevented a strong Wales side from replacing New Zealand at the top of the rankings.

"Today is another step in the progress towards the Rugby World Cup", Jones said.

England also has the experience of prop Dan Cole, second-rower Courtney Lawes and scrumhalf Ben Youngs, who will play in their third World Cups.

"Firstly I think it's always nice to bring new blood in, it always freshens things up", Jones added.

England is pooled Tonga, France, Argentina and USA.

Jones has named his squad almost a month ahead of World Rugby's September 8 deadline, with England still to play three warm-up fixtures - a return clash against Wales in Cardiff on Saturday followed by matches against Ireland and Italy. "But as we know the World Cup is an incredible tournament where opportunities can present themselves and all those players who have missed out have been told they have to be ready".

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