England Star Flies Home From South Africa For 'Family Reasons'

Carrie Guzman
June 20, 2018

A blistering start that saw Mike Brown and Jonny May run in fine tries to open up a 12-0 lead evoked memories of Ellis Park a week ago, but although the collapse that followed was not as dramatic it was ultimately more convincing as they failed to score again.

"A third defeat against the Springboks in Cape Town next Saturday, with autumn tests against the Springboks and New Zealand to come at Twickenham, would see Jones' position come under fierce scrutiny", he wrote.

"I don't need any dialogue with the RFU, all I need to do is my job and I do my job as well as I can every day", Jones said in an interview with Sky Sports.

"Obviously it's very disappointing", Jones told reporters. Good to chat to Gail second time round just now. 'We have been through an exceptional period and now we're going through this tough period.

When Jones was sacked as coach of Australia in December 2005, he had lost eight of his last nine tests with a side that was also beset by injury. It was a bit like a horror movie wasn't it? "It was a like a re-run of last week", added Jones, recalling the first Test in Johannesburg which England lost 42-39 despite scoring three early tries.

"No-one likes to lose five games in a row".

Franco Mostert of the Springboks during the 2018 Castle Lager Incoming Series match between South Africa and England.

"An England side is always under pressure".

Asked about an apparent scuffle between the England team and the Boks, Jones said: "Both teams wanted to win the game and England v South Africa are always tough games".

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"It is about sticking together, understanding what you can improve. We're getting some hard lessons at the moment".

Handre Pollard. The South Africa fly-half was outshone by opposite number George Ford in the opening 15 minutes, but grew into the game and kept his composure better than England's play-makers.

He subsequently apologised on social media for conduct that was strongly criticised by Sir Clive Woodward in his role as a pundit.

Ben Youngs give interview to Sky Sports after South African defeat.

England fell to a fifth straight test loss.

"There's plenty of pride in there. Everybody is going to work extremely hard to get out of this and it will be an absolute top effort in Cape Town".

SQUAD UPDATE: Mako Vunipola and Ellis Genge will return home from South Africa.

Prop Mako Vunipola is heading back to England for family reasons by prior arrangement with team management, while Genge sustained a knee injury in training.

Vunipola is heading back to the United Kingdom to attend the birth of his first child, Press Association Sport understands.

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