Eddie Jones has called a clear-the-air meeting for Thursday in the Algarve for his squad to bury the hatchet over the Saracens salary cap scandal ahead of the Six Nations. The England coach is concerned the fallout from the English champions’ cheating may prove divisive with seven Saracens in the 34-man squad he named for the championship.
He will deal with the issue head on at the start of England’s pre-tournament preparation camp.
“It is a great opportunity for us to get it all out on the table,” said Jones.
“If players are angry about it then say it, get it out on the table.
“Every national team I have coached has these problems.
“I remember coaching Japan and the Panasonic players hated the Suntory players, hated each other. So we had to sort it out. That always happens.
“But at the end of the day, there are 34 players that all want to play for England and their job is to get ready to play for England and sort it out. We will help them sort it out.
“We have got a World Cup debrief, we have got to debrief Sarries. If there are any other issues we have got to sort it out. It is going to be a long meeting.”
With the Saracens players weighing up whether to stay with the club in the Championship next season after their relegation, Jones would not be drawn on whether he would still pick them in the second tier.
“At the right time we’ll have a discussion. But now is not the appropriate time to have that discussion,” said Jones.
“We’ve only got a short time to get ready for France.”
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England Six Nations squad
Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs, 21 caps), Tom Curry (Sale Sharks, 19 caps), Tom Dunn (Bath, uncapped), Ben Earl (Saracens, uncapped), Charlie Ewels (Bath Rugby, 12 caps), Ellis Genge (Leicester Tigers, 14 caps), Jamie George (Saracens, 45 caps), Ted Hill (Worcester Warriors, 1 cap), Maro Itoje (Saracens, 34 caps), George Kruis (Saracens, 41 caps), Joe Launchbury (Wasps, 62 caps), Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints, 81 caps), Lewis Ludlam (Northampton Saints, 6 caps), Joe Marler (Harlequins, 68 caps), Alex Moon (Northampton Saints, uncapped), Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins, 31 caps), Will Stuart (Bath Rugby, uncapped), Sam Underhill (Bath Rugby, 15 caps), Mako Vunipola (Saracens, 58 caps), Harry Williams (Exeter Chiefs, 18 caps)
Elliot Daly (Saracens, 39 caps), Ollie Devoto (Exeter Chiefs, 1 cap), Fraser Dingwall (Northampton Saints, uncapped), Owen Farrell (Saracens, 79 caps), George Ford (Leicester Tigers, 65 caps), George Furbank (Northampton Saints, uncapped), Willi Heinz (Gloucester Rugby, 9 caps), Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby, 47 caps), Jonny May (Leicester Tigers, 52 caps), Ollie Thorley (Gloucester Rugby, uncapped), Manu Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers, 40 caps), Jacob Umaga (Wasps, uncapped), Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby, 42 caps), Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 95 caps)
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