England can rewrite history by beating New Zealand, says Eddie Jones | England rugby union team
Eddie Jones has challenged England to rewrite history next Saturday by beating New Zealand at Twickenham for the first time in a decade, insisting defeating the All Blacks is not ‘Mission: Impossible’ .
Jones’ team kicked off their fall campaign with a dominant 52-13 win against Japan, running in seven tries in a much better performance than the loss to Argentina six days earlier. Next are New Zealand, against whom Jones led his side to victory in the 2019 World Cup semi-finals and a one-point loss in 2018 in his two meetings as head coach. England.
Without Jones, England fared much worse against the All Blacks, winning just eight of their 42 meetings in history and only two of the last 17, most recently beating them at home in 2012 when Manu Tuilagi got wild.
“It’s an opportunity to play against one of the giants of world rugby,” said Jones, whose own record against New Zealand is six wins from 14 matches. “For an England player, it’s a huge opportunity. You look at the history of the sport, the game has been going on for what, 150 years, and England have won 19% of their Tests against New Zealand. There’s so a narrative about the game that says England can’t beat New Zealand, but in 2019 we showed that if you have the right attitude and the right game plan history can be broken. have a great opportunity this week to break history again and we look forward to that opportunity.
The All Blacks have endured their struggles this year, including losing their home series to Ireland, but won the Rugby League and started their November campaign with an ominous win over Wales before facing England. Scotland Sunday.
Jones said: “They’re playing a slightly different game than they used to, but certainly the guys who’ve played in this  a game like Owen Farrell, and Mako and Billy Vunipola, Jamie George and Maro Itoje are going to be important in making players realize that this isn’t Mission: Impossible. If we chase them, they are there for the taking and we will chase them.
Against Japan, England started much brighter than against Argentina with Freddie Steward scoring the first try before Marcus Smith and Guy Porter added two each while Ellis Genge got into the act with the hosts also awarded a penalty try. “It’s an improvement, like we said in early November, every game we want to improve a bit and we were better than Argentina,” Jones added.