England boss Eddie Jones will allow players to get Saracens gripes out in the open


Eddie Jones wants his England squad to thrash out their differences over the Saracens salary cap saga immediately before they compete in the Six Nations.

The national head coach is keen for the rumbling issue not to derail his bid to win the Championship, so will demand any individual grievances are aired when the players meet this week.

Jones picked seven Sarries stars – including Owen Farrell, Maro Itoje and new flanker Ben Earl – and will hold honest discussions with the disgraced club’s detractors within his squad.

The 36-man group for the tournament – which includes two ‘apprentices’ Alex Mitchell and Josh Hodge from Newcastle – will gather on Wednesday, go for a drink and then travel to Portugal on Thursday for a training camp.

‘We need to get everything out on the table and sort it out,’ Jones said.

‘It is common sense. Say what you feel. If players are angry about it then say it, get it out on the table.

‘But at the end of the day, there are 36 players that all want to play for England and their job is to get ready to play for England and sort it out. We will help them sort it out.

‘We are not robots. You don’t know how long it is going to take. It could take longer, but we will sort it out.

‘We have got players from potentially 12 different clubs, 12 different ideas of what is right and what is wrong.

‘We are like a family around the dinner table, someone wants to have pasta for dinner and the other one wants to have rice.

‘They have a debate and that is ongoing in the national team. Every national team I have coached has those problems.

‘I remember coaching Japan and the Panasonic players hated the Suntory players. So we had to sort it out. That always happens.

‘I don’t envisage any problems at all, in fact I think it is an opportunity for the team to get tighter.’ Jones picked eight uncapped players in his squad, George Furbank, Fraser Dingwall, Alex Moon, Will Stuart, Jacob Umaga, Ollie Thorley, Tom Dunn and Earl.

But there was no place for injured Jack Nowell, whose ankle needs to be operated on, and Billy Vunipola who broke his arm for the fourth time in two years for Saracens on Sunday.

England face France first on February 2.


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