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Jones expects 10-15 in Lions' rugby squad

AAP logoAAP 5/12/2016

Eddie Jones believes there could be 10 to 15 England players in the British and Irish Lions' squad for next year's tour to New Zealand.

Jones has overseen 13 successive wins since replacing Stuart Lancaster as England coach, culminating in Saturday's 37-21 victory over Australia at Twickenham.

That completed an unbeaten calendar year, the first time since 1992 England had achieved the feat, meaning Jones' men would go into next season's Six Nations as favourites to retain their title.

And Jones thinks a successful Six Nations will result in England's players dominating Warren Gatland's Lions team.

"The Lions' selection will be based almost entirely on what happens in the Six Nations. I think if we have a dominant Six Nations, I would expect anywhere from 10-15 of our players to be in the Lions' squad," Jones told BBC Radio 5 Live.

When pressed on how many players were likely to be in the starting XV, Jones added: "I'll leave that to Warren Gatland but a number of players have put up their hand strongly.

"I think you have guys who went on the last Lions' tour like Dan Cole, Ben Youngs, Owen Farrell will be at the head of the queue."

The Lions will play three Tests against New Zealand, the first on June 24 at Auckland's Eden Park.

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