Eddie Jones says he can not clarify why England got here up brief after his aspect failed to attain their aim of profitable the World Cup in Japan.
England had been beaten 32-12 by South Africa within the remaining in Yokohama.
It got here per week after England knocked out three-time champions New Zealand within the semi-final in top-of-the-line performances in Jones’ tenure as coach.
“I am unsure why we got here up brief immediately, typically you by no means know,” mentioned the England head coach.
“Typically you possibly can examine however you will by no means know why it occurred. We will be kicking stones now for 4 years, we’re massively disillusioned.”
Captain Owen Farrell kicked 4 penalties for England, however Handre Pollard replied with six for South Africa earlier than tries from Makazole Mapimpi and Cheslin Kolbe put the sport past Jones’ aspect.
The Australian has a contract with England till 2021 however mentioned it was “not the time to debate” his future after the defeat.
“We’re the second finest group on this planet,” added Jones, who misplaced the 2003 remaining to England whereas teaching the Wallabies however was a advisor to South Africa the final time the Springboks received the trophy in 2007.
“We did not meet our aim to be the very best group on this planet, however we’re the second finest group on this planet, so I believe that is how we ought to be remembered.
“The gamers ready tremendously nicely for this World Cup. I assumed they performed with quite a lot of delight and keenness, and we obtained caught brief immediately.
“These items occur, however we will not doubt the hassle of the gamers. I assumed they had been extraordinary.
“The one factor I’m anxious about now could be having a number of beers, and that is the one factor we’ll fear about.
“After which after we now have a number of beers immediately, we’ll most likely have a number of extra beers tomorrow and perhaps Monday, after which perhaps we must pull up stumps.”
Defeat ‘heartbreaking’ for England
England scrum-half Ben Youngs says it’s going to take a very long time to recover from the defeat.
“We’re devastated,” he mentioned. “It has been an unbelievable effort, it hasn’t simply been this match, it has been an enormous lead-up to this and it is heartbreaking.
“It can take some time to recover from this.”
Captain Farrell added: “[We’re] proud to be part of it, proud to have come so far as we have come.
“Immediately did not go our manner however we have loved this match and lots of people have put quite a lot of work into us.
“The squad has loved its time right here in Japan, the competitors as a complete. It has been fantastically run and we have liked our time right here.”
Matt Dawson, World Cup-winning scrum-half in 2003, says it is very important “take care of” England’s gamers after the loss.
“The England gamers must be taken care of right here,” he informed BBC Radio 5 Dwell.
“It is some time earlier than they play once more in an England jersey. Some will take into consideration whether or not they’ll take it on and undergo that once more.”
‘One of the crucial painful experiences’
Fly-half George Ford says England had been “nowhere close to ok” to win Saturday’s remaining, however insists Jones’ aspect “will come again”.
“Congratulations to South Africa, I assumed they executed their plan brilliantly,” Ford informed BBC Radio 5 Dwell.
“I could not be prouder of the lads, they have been good all match up entrance, they only did a job on us immediately.
“It is clearly an enormous disappointment for our aspect. We wished to complete it off immediately however we had been nowhere close to ok to do this.
“We have come a great distance and it is most likely probably the most collectively squad I’ve ever been part of.”
Lock Maro Itoje says his England team-mates “are attempting to attract positives out of the journey” and is already trying in direction of the 2023 match in France.
“It’s not precisely a disco in there,” the 25-year-old mentioned concerning the England dressing room. “However we’re united, we’re sticking collectively, we’re speaking to one another and consoling one another.
“We need to get higher and most of this squad shall be on the subsequent one. It’s a great distance away to consider now however our aim is to do higher subsequent time round.
“Shedding this recreation was one of the vital painful experiences that I’ve had in life, not simply my rugby profession. It’s not simple.
“It’s a powerful time and difficult interval to undergo but when we keep collectively then I’m positive all shall be nicely in the long term.
“We’re disillusioned to lose. Our aim was to win the World Cup and we now have fallen brief.”
‘It’s particular to be part of this’
Wing Jonny Could says it is going to be “particular” to replicate on England’s match as soon as the mud settles on their remaining defeat.
“I’ll hold that [silver] medal and I’m positive that when all the things calms down and also you come again into your personal physique – it’s particular to be part of this – an England participant in a World Cup in Japan,” he mentioned.
“There have been some nice moments. I could not have completed any extra and the group could not have completed any extra. It is simply what occurred. It has been particular to characterize our nation.”
Joe Marler says he was “actually gutted” to see fellow prop Kyle Sinckler taken off with concussion in the third minute however believes he’ll proceed to enhance together with the remainder of the England squad.
“This group, in the event that they hold creating as they’ve, they may dominate for a protracted interval and that may be a pleasure to see,” mentioned Marler.
“I’ve totally loved my time over the past 10 weeks and seeing the expansion of the children. They have a vivid future.”