Eddie Jones has insisted anyone overlooked for England’s RBS Six Nations squad “hasn’t done well enough”.
England’s new head coach will name his first Elite Player Squad (EPS) on Wednesday, and has vowed to “increase the tempo” and not rely on suffocating opponents.
Jones confirmed that his coaching staff recruitment is complete for the Six Nations, declaring “ultimately we want to be the most dominant team in the world”.
“It puts no pressure on me: the pressure’s on the player,” said Jones regarding scrutiny over his selection choices.
“The player that hasn’t been selected hasn’t done well enough, it’s as simple as that. So all the pressure is on the player.
“I accept that there will be criticism of the squad and I accept that people will think other players should be in.
“Everyone’s entitled to their opinion, but at the end of the day the players select themselves.
“And the players select themselves because they express themselves in a way that I can see them being a profitable part of a winning England team.
“You have to be able to increase the tempo of the game.
“The old days where you could just strangulate teams, yes you can do that every now and then in Test matches but you’ve got to be able to increase the tempo of the game at various times.
“Ultimately we want to be the most dominant team in the world, but to start with we’ve got to beat Scotland. That’s the most important thing.”
Wasps boss Dai Young was concerned about Joe Launchbury after the England lock was taken off in a dazed condition during the victory over Worcester.
Launchbury suffered two knocks to the head in the 32-22 Premiership triumph at the Ricoh Arena and will give England some cause for concern ahead of this week’s squad announcement.
Young said: “He’s taken a nasty head knock but he’s up and about. He’s talking and appears to be fine but will have to go through the relevant protocols.
“It could take one or six weeks, it’s impossible to tell at this stage.”
Bath head coach Mike Ford still believes his side can escape from Pool Five and reach the quarter-finals of the Champions Cup despite a second defeat after going down to Toulon.
Their 12-9 away defeat leaves them needing to win their final two matches, at Leinster in Dublin and at home against Toulon. They currently trail pool leaders Wasps by five points and second-placed Toulon by three.
“We have nine points and two matches left to play. We can still qualify.” said Ford.