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Dylan Hartley believes England players are becoming more self-reliant

Dylan Hartley believes England players are becoming more self-reliant

England captain Dylan Hartley believes the squad are becoming more self-reliant as they prepare to face Argentina on November 11, live on Sky Sports.

Hartley insists Eddie Jones’ pledge to introduce “chaos in the house” has already begun as England’s players seek to improve their decision-making on the field instead of relying on directives from the stand in time for the World Cup.

England were exposed by Italy’s controversial no-ruck tactics during this year’s RBS 6 Nations and Jones knows that any such difficulty in adjusting if an equally confusing scenario arises could lead to ruin at the global showpiece.

As well as Argentina, England also face Australia on November 18 and Samoa on November 25, all live on Sky Sports.

Jones revealed his intention to drive his squad out of their comfort zone over the next two years to ensure they are prepared for all eventualities when their Japan 2019 campaign opens against Tonga in Sapporo and Hartley insists the players must learn to become the masters of their own destiny

“That Italy game was a massive learning tool for us,” the England captain said.

“Before that match we talked about adapting as a team on the field, but the obvious thing to adapt is the attack, so what areas of the field to play in…’s easy to analyse that sort of thing.

“But when something is presented that you haven’t really thought about… that was a completely new picture so it made us think a bit more laterally about what can be presented on match day.

“We sometimes do things like practice line-outs without a hooker. What happens if we lose a player to the bin, if we lose a lock? We have to find new combinations at line-out time.

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“We have to be more self-reliant with players leading things and I already see that happening now.

“You’ve got a team looking after itself so if something does happen, players are working it out for themselves rather than looking to the coaches’ box for help.”


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