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Ford must be more selfish: Eddie Jones

Press Association logoPress Association 20/11/2016 Duncan Bech

Eddie Jones rates George Ford above world player of the year winner Beauden Barrett, but insists England's five-eighth must become more selfish.

Ford produced the most assured performance of his 27 caps as Fiji were overwhelmed 58-15 at Twickenham on Saturday, his vision, timing and variety of passing instrumental in a nine-try rout that extended his team's winning run to 12 Tests.

Jones believes the next phase of his development will be to provide a greater running threat believing that he has the potential to eclipse Barrett, the New Zealand playmaker who was crowned World Rugby's player of the year last weekend.

"I think George can be better than Beauden Barrett - no doubt about that," Jones said.

"People rave about Beauden Barrett but I don't. I don't want to go into it any more than that. I'll leave it at that.

"I don't pick the Player of the Year but I always thought Barrett would get it because the Kiwis run everything. When you run everything, you've got a good chance of winning it.

"George probably now feels a sense of security and I think he enjoys the sort of rugby we're trying to play. He's got a beautiful skill-set.

"He's got a great feel for the game. He sees opportunities. He needs to work on his running game a bit, which we will work on. He needs to be more of a threat himself.

"He's actually too selfless. He needs to be a bit more selfish with the ball at times and he will start to develop that in his game."

South Africa and Fiji have been swept aside so far this autumn, leaving Argentina and Australia as the final hurdles to be overcome before England's record 14-Test triumphant sequence can be equalled.

The victory over the Pacific Islanders marked the first-year anniversary of Jones' reign to the day and - while it has been a near-faultless procession for the Australian - he is aware that fortunes can change quickly.

"It's always fun when you are winning. Our big test is when you lose a game," Jones said.

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