Eddie Jones Jones driven by Six Nations errors ahead of South Africa tour
By Sky Sports News
Last Updated: 07/05/18 7:52pm
Eddie Jones has vowed to correct the mistakes made during England's failed Six Nations defence going into the tour of South Africa in June.
Ireland's Grand Slam triumph in March culminated with a 24-15 victory over England at Twickenham, which left Jones' side fifth in the standings.
It proved to be England's lowest finish since 1983, with Jones coming under scrutiny - and facing boos from the Twickenham crowd - having previously guided them to Six Nations glory in 2016 and 2017.
The Australian told Sky Sports News he took full responsibility as he looks to turn around England's fortunes in South Africa, a Test series live on Sky Sports.
"We made some selection mistakes," Jones said. "We made some preparation mistakes, we made some tactical mistakes - all of which I'm responsible for.
"I've been looking at how I can improve my performance. It's not a good time to lose, but you learn a lot. In terms of going forward for the South Africa tour and then later for the World Cup, I think this will hold us in good stead.
"I think I should have refreshed the side. We've had a very consistent side for a period of time, and when you're successful, you always want to protect that success.
"I should have brought some fresh blood in and sharpened things up. We've got the opportunity in South Africa to do that because we've got up to 20 players unavailable through injury. So that will right itself naturally.
"We didn't cope with the challenge at the breakdown. We didn't equip the players with the skills - in the short period we had with them - to cope with the international game. But we'll get that right for South Africa."
England face Barbarians in a warm-up game at Twickenham on May 27 before heading to South Africa, with all three internationals live on Sky Sports Action.
The Springboks host England in Johannesburg on June 9 before heading to Bloemfontein (June 16) and Cape Town (June 23).
Tickets for the Quilter Cup match between England and the Barbarians start at £25 for adults, £10 for children and are available at www.englandrugby.com/tickets