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Eddie Jones identifies the biggest issue facing rugby

England coach Eddie Jones believes rugby has a major problem on its hands.

According to Jones there are far too many stoppages in the professional game which makes it easier for players to recover and therefore reduces the chances of open running rugby where fatigue is a factor.

Speaking on his coaching podcast hosted by England Rugby, Jones said it’s created a situation where players can get away with a lack of fitness knowing there are so many stoppages.

“We’re getting up to four minute stoppages in a game,” Jones said.

“It means even the most fitness-exposed player can recover, so fatigue has stopped being part of the game and we’ve got eight reserves coming on.”

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