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England could tour Australia without Six Nations winners

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England head coach Eddie Jones has revealed that he is considering leaving some of his Six Nations Grand Slam winning players at home when England tour Australia in June.

Jones says that some of the players are at risk of losing their places on the England tour to Australia as they are not playing well enough.

The England coach said that some of his Six Nations stars have returned to their clubs and are not playing with good form.

“Personally I’ve been disappointed in three or four players who have gone back [to their clubs] and played quite poorly,” Jones told the BBC.

“Those players have put their tour place to Australia in jeopardy.”

Jones said some players have been in good form but certain players have become complacent since winning the Six Nations Grand Slam.

“Some might have little injuries, and some of them have agents or the media in their ear telling them how good they are,” he continued.

“They have just got too far ahead of themselves.”

English Rugby is in a good place currently as there are three teams in the European Champions Cup, with Wasps, Saracens and Leicester all in the semi-finals which come after a Six Nations clean sweep.

“We should be happy, but we have also got to be quite aware that we have got to keep improving,” Jones said.

“Some of the players have been told directly, some of them have been told through other sources.

“But they will get the message. We’ll see on the rugby field – 80% [are playing well], 20% are not, so there could be 20% change in the tour squad.”

Jones also revealed that if eligible former South Sydney Rabbitoh Ben Te’o could tour with England if he is eligible.

“He has to be eligible, and that will be decided between the RFU and the clubs,” Jones said.

“If he is eligible then he is definitely in contention because he’s a good player. He can carry through the line, he can pass, he’s a good defender.”

Te’o has signed with Worcester but his contract does not begin until 1 July so he would technically be a foreign based player which the RFU does not allow unless there are exceptional circumstances.

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