England coach Eddie Jones warns players over use of social media after Nathan Hughes was banned for tweet
- Eddie Jones has warned his England players over their use of social media
- It comes after Nathan Hughes’ ban was extended by two weeks for a tweet
- England are short on options due to injuries and Jones can’t risk losing more
Eddie Jones is planning to address his England squad about social media after No 8 Nathan Hughes received a two-week ban for a tweet.
The No 8 received a four-week ban for punching, but his suspension was extended to six weeks when he said ‘what a joke’ in reaction to the charges on social media.
With Billy Vunipola and Sam Simmonds also injured, England are now desperately short on No 8 options for the autumn series, with Ben Morgan called up alongside Zach Mercer.
Eddie Jones is planning to address his England squad and warn them over use of social media
Jones has had a series of conversations with England football manager Gareth Southgate about World Cups – and has been taking advice about social media.
‘I’ll definitely advise Nathan not to use four-letter words,’ said Jones.
‘All of our staff have made contact with the FA and the main area we have learnt is how we use social media going forward.
‘There is a discipline aspect that we have just seen and secondly there is how we can connect to the fans better.’
Nathan Hughes had a ban extended for his reaction to the charges on social media
Out of all of the fit English No 8s, France-based Carl Fearns has been one of the leading candidates.
The 29-year-old is ineligible because he plays for Lyon and Jones insists he will not invoke the ‘exceptional circumstance’ clause to call up the forward.
‘He doesn’t want to play,’ said Jones. ‘If he wanted to play he would come back to England. Look at what Chris Ashton did. Players select or de-select themselves. If you play that well and do all the right things, you are going to get picked. If you stand up you are going to get picked and if you don’t then you deselect yourself.’
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