Jones says it is “highly unlikely” any of England’s Six Nations regulars will feature in the Great Britain Sevens team at the Olympics in Rio in August.

Team GB head coach Simon Amor has stated that any player hopeful of playing in Rio must be available for warm-up tournaments in June, which clash with the summer tours.

However, Jones says there is one England squad player who may miss the tour of Australia or the Saxons trip to South Africa in order to chase the Olympics dream.


“I have spoken to one player,” Jones said. “He was very enthusiastic. It’s a back, but we won’t go any further than that.

“If I think they are a borderline player for us, and there is a great opportunity to play in the Olympics, then I would allow that player to go – if I don’t think he is going to play in the Tests against Australia.

“The opportunity to represent your country at the Olympics is a fantastic opportunity.”

The likes of Joe Simpson, Marland Yarde and Semesa Rokoduguni all may fit into this category, with Amor set to name an extended squad of between 20 and 25 players at the start of May.