Barnes dubbed Wales ‘less ambitious’ as he called on Stuart Lancaster’s successor Jones to pick potential game-breakers Ashton and Cipriani

Stuart Barnes has taken a swipe at Wales by claiming Warren Gatland’s team are built to win the Six Nations and “not a lot else”.

The former Lions and Bath outside-half urged new England coach Eddie Jones not to go down the Welsh road and instead pick high-risk players like Chris Ashton and Danny Cipriani when the Australian names his squad for the European title race in less than 48 hours time.


“If England aspire to greatness, talents such as Ashton and Cipriani need welcoming into the Jones era,” Barnes wrote in The Times.

“If England set their sights on something less ambitious, say a team like Wales, bred to win Six Nations and not a lot else, they are probably luxuries that Jones can do without.

“What are England’s ultimate ambitions? The extremist opinion wants the old guard out, the new in with a long-term vision for World Cup glory in Japan. The more conservative element will settle for one game at a time.”

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