Jones knows he’s battling weight of history in South Africa

Jones knows he’s battling weight of history in South Africa

- Jones has won two Six Nations, including a first Grand Slam since 2003 in 2016, but this year’s dismal effort when England finished fifth puts them on the back foot heading to South Africa.

- England fly out tomorrow to their Durban base, from where they will travel close to game day, for Test matches in Johannesburg, Bloemfontein and Cape Town.

- Throw in the fact that England have not won at Ellis Park, the venue for the first Test, since John Pullin’s unlikely lads managed it in 1972 after failing to win a match in six tour games and Jones is up against it.

- Jones has supplemented his staff by adding Scott Wisemantel, an Australian former rugby league player who worked with him with the Wallabies and Japan, as temporary attack coach for the tour.

- Wisemantel’s brief is to improve England’s try-scoring rate, after their impotent attack crossed the whitewash just five times in the last four games of the Six Nations.

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