Eddie Jones confident rugby will emerge from a dull period dominated by the defense after acknowledging that currently is a sport that only excites purists.
Jones is preparing his England team for Sunday’s Fall Nations Cup final against France at Twickenham after wins against Georgia, Ireland and Wales.
The Disappointment has grown from the lack of ambition that has swept through the game since a successful 2019 World Cup, with defense, set pieces and kicks dominating games at the expense of entertainment.
Even former England captain Dylan Hartley admitted that the emphasis on shutting down opponents had been “boring” and there is perceptible frustration among players of all nations that it has become more profitable to play without the ball.
“We would like to dominate France and how we do it will depend on what kind of game it is. We can’t control that, ”he said. Just looking at rugby right now, it is certainly a tough and physical game. A true game for the purists of the moment.
“Reminds me of the 2007 World Cup, where defenses were quite dominant and kicking was one of the main ways to get ahead in the game.
“We go through these periods in the game. The next cycle is always attacking, so let’s enjoy the defensive cycle we have right now and look forward to the attack cycle when it arrives.
“When that happens it always depends on the laws: when we have a fast ball, we can play with some space and some time.
“Everyone is stepping out of line and time and space are at a premium. Unless we are able to get a fast ball, it is very difficult to play fluently.