Jones – ‘It’s a good group’

England head coach Eddie Jones believes the tough pool they have been handed is ideal preparation for the World Cup knockout stages.

England have been drawn in Pool C along with France and Argentina. It is the second World Cup in a row in which England have failed to avoid the dreaded 'group of death'.

In 2015, their group consisted of Australia and Wales who qualified at their expense. This led to the dismissal of Jones' predecessor Stuart Lancaster.

Jones, however, is looking at the games against France and Argentina as an opportunity to develop their big match temperament in the hope they make it to the knockout phase.

"You think it's difficult, but we're excited by it. It's not a a tough group, it's a good group," Jones told Sporting Life.

"To win the World Cup you have to win seven games.

"We've got two very big games in our pool against France and Argentina so it's great preparation for getting to the final stages.

"We're looking forward to it. We want to win the World Cup. We want to come here and win it, that's our ambition."

Jones replied "nobody is going to die" when asked if he thought his side had been drawn in a 'group of death'.

"I'm going to visit the temples because I need to pray. I need to pray really hard," he joked.

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