Owen Farrell England coach Eddie Jones admits he got Rugby World Cup final team wrong

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England coach Eddie Jones believes he made a selection error for the Rugby World Cup final against South Africa, admitting he missed an opportunity to refresh his squad following the semifinal victory over New Zealand.

Jones is overseeing the Barbarians this week for the invitational side’s match against Fiji at Twickenham on Saturday (Sunday NZT), something he labelled as “a great honour”. The game comes just a fortnight after England’s comprehensive, 32-12 defeat by the Springboks in Yokohama and Jones said he may never be able to watch the final back.

“I haven’t watched it and I probably won’t watch it,” he said. “But I know in my head where we could have probably made improvements. One area was that I probably made a mistake in terms of selection. That’s all with the benefit of hindsight, but I should have refreshed the team for the final.

The England Rugby World Cup squad received a warm reception as they arrived at London Heathrow Airport.

“Apart from that, it was one of those days. Sometimes they start the game brilliantly and things come off for them. We started the game a little bit off, lacking a tiny bit of energy because we’d played four big games in a row. That’s the reality of it – we just came unstuck.”

On the back of a 19-7 victory over the All Blacks, Jones kept the same starting team for England, with just a single change on the bench, where halfback Ben Spencer replaced the injured Willi Heinz.

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Conversely, between the quarterfinal against Australia and the semifinal against New Zealand, Jones had mixed up his midfield partnership. Captain Owen Farrell impressed from first five-eighth ag

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