Rugby League is not a skilful game, says Eddie Jones

England’s rugby union coach Eddie Jones has said that rival code rugby league is not a skilful game – and has described it as a sport where “you’ve got to hurt people”.

Jones was speaking after being asked about Sam Burgess’ switch to the 15-man code, and insisted he also had his own opinions on his time in rugby union with both Bath and England.

Jones insisted that he could have made it in union before

“Burgess was a non-event in England’s confused strategy at the World Cup, but he would have been an excellent Test player if he’d had the will to stick at it,” Jones told the Brisbane Courier-Mail.

“Rugby league is not a skilful game, it’s a game where you’ve got to hurt people.

“Tough guys like Te’o bring something extra to a squad, a bit of an intangible, plus he’s done the hard yards in 50-odd games for Leinster.”