Rugby league is not about skills, it is a game designed to hurt people. That was Jones’s opinion of the rival sport when asked about his thoughts on Sam Burgess’s failed attempt to play in rugby union.
In 2014, Burgess decided to walk away from the South Sydney Rabbitohs to represent England at the 2015 World Cup. Despite making the starting XV, he was blamed for the poor showing at the tournament when England were dumped out in the pool stages.
Jones went on to say that England had a confused strategy at the World Cup, in which Sam was a non-event. Burgess was a member of a squad that holds the record of registering the worst result by a host country in the history of World Cup rugby. This made him a scapegoat and eventually, Burgess returned to play in the NRL for the next season.
Although Burgess was attacked by Jones, the 27-year-old Rabbitohs star was paid a compliment as Jones said that he would have been a great Test player if he had stuck at it. The comments from England coach come when another rugby league star Ben Te’o is about to make his debut for England against the Wallabies on Saturday night.