Eddie Jones: 'I'll pick New Zealanders for England'

Jones: 'I'll pick Kiwis for England'
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Eddie Jones admits that he will pick New Zealanders for England, if they are eligible.

England coach Eddie Jones is adamant that he will select New Zealand-born players if they qualify to play.

His comments come after World Rugby decided to extend the current resident qualification period from three years to five.

However, after including Willi Heinz and Jason Woodward, both of whom came to England from Super Rugby, Jones has insisted that he will not leave players out if they are eligible for selection.

He told PA: "It's not my job to worry about how they qualify, it's my job to pick players that qualify.

"I don't care how they qualify, I'll pick them. That's the rules we play under. I obey them like any good schoolteacher does."

World Rugby's updated residency rule does not come into effect until December 2020.

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Eddie Jones pictured on June 18, 2016
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