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Five players who challenged Eddie Jones

by Saba Gulmagarashvili

Current England players have been urged to contest some of Eddie Jones’ decisions by rugby legends, but that hasn’t worked out well for these five.

The Australian, on the other hand, takes his job very seriously and isn’t hesitant to dump players who aren’t on the same page.

These five made the mistake of crossing the England boss, ending their international career in an instant.

Six Nations 2021: Eddie Jones insists England 'still know where we are going' despite Ireland loss | The Independent

Alex Goode

Jones wrote in his autobiography:

“could not match the pace and snarl of his long-term rival Mike Brown.” 

Alex Goode confident to fill void left by Owen Farrell | PlanetRugby

Dylan Hartley

Hartley was unable to travel to Japan for the 2019 World Cup due to a knee injury, thereby ending his England career.

The phone call he received from Eddie Jones was brutal, Hartley revealed.

Jones told Hartley, despite the hooker’s plea for a chance to prove his fitness

“You’re F#*@ed mate,”


Danny Care

Former England international Kyran Bracken was the first to explain why the Quins playmaker was inexplicably dropped from Jones’ plans in 2018, despite being a regular up until then.

“He (Care) made the mistake of speaking his mind to Eddie Jones and questioning how he wanted him to play when he was playing with an England ‘B’ team against Japan in the autumn of 2018,”

“Eddie’s response to that was ‘that’s not the f***ing attitude I want’ and he binned him from his plans.”

Danny Care: I was "fully done" playing with no fans and cried when they returned - Mirror Online

Marland Yarde

Yarde arrived at England’s Pennyhill base “a bit bruised and battered” after a club game, according to Kiwi-born England hooker Dylan Hartley.

“Eddie greeted him with a bright ‘How are you feeling, mate?’ and the conversation quickly went downhill. ‘Oh, a bit tired.’ ‘F… off, mate.’ ‘What?’ ‘If you’re tired, f… off. I don’t want tired players here.’ As you can imagine, their cosy fireside chat echoed around the halls within minutes.”

The reasons behind Marland Yarde's messy Harlequins exit as England wing has played his last game for the club | The Independent | The Independent

Mike Brown

Brown revealed in his column recently:

‘I’d had one of my best seasons for Quins (2018/19) with really good attacking stats (2019), but Eddie had pigeon-holed me as a defensive full-back. At the end of this meeting, he asked if I had anything I wanted to say.

“I challenged his comments that I was just a defensive full-back, saying I thought I had been adding value to the attack, with examples and stats from my season, before saying I would take away all of his points and that I would do everything I could to get into the World Cup squad.

“He did not like that I had contested what he said and went mad. He shouted: ‘Well you lost the f****** ball in contact on Saturday, didn’t you? That’s f****** not good enough. You’re not f****** doing everything you can.’”

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