Eddie Jones urges England to become box-office movie stars in New Zealand thriller

EDDIE JONES wants England to become box-office movie-makers by producing a thriller in Twickenham.

Former Japan boss Jones already has a feature film in the can after his World Cup minnows’ Miracle in Brighton against South Africa back in 2015.

 Eddie Jones wants a blockbuster on a level with Indiana Jones

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Eddie Jones wants a blockbuster on a level with Indiana Jones

And at £25,000-a-game, the Red Rose’s leading men are already on Hollywood money for their 80 minutes of action.

So the Aussie is urging his players not to become extras in an All Blacks epic — and write their own blockbusting script against the world champions today.

Jones said: “You can either make the movie or be in the movie, and we want to make the movie.

“We don’t want to sit there and watch it — that’s what happens when you play New Zealand sometimes.

 Jones knows the Red Rose cannot afford to be at anything less than their best against the All Blacks

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Jones knows the Red Rose cannot afford to be at anything less than their best against the All Blacks

“Teams sit there, they eat popcorn, have a can of Pepsi and they watch the movie. Then they realise, ‘We can be in this’ — but it’s too late. We want to be sure we’re making the movie.

“You sit there and you watch and you think, ‘They’re the best team in the world, we can’t compete against them.’ But 33 per cent of our players have beaten New Zealand.

“They have to understand they’ve got weaknesses, like any team. And we’ve got an opportunity to get at them.

“So we want to make the movie, we want to be film directors.”

 Jones chasing his dog Annie - and he wants a performance worthy of a film script against the world champions

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Jones chasing his dog Annie – and he wants a performance worthy of a film script against the world champions

England have only beaten the Kiwis seven times in 40 meetings — although Owen Farrell, Ben Youngs, Chris Ashton, Courtney Lawes and Danny Care are all survivors from their last victory, 38-21 at Twickenham six years ago.

After equalling New Zealand's world record 18-Test winning run in 2017, the cold war between these northern and southern hemisphere heavyweights heated up.

Since then, though, England have fallen off a cliff and 2018 has been a horror show. Last week’s 12-11 win over South Africa was only Jones’ fourth success in nine Tests this calendar year.

On the other side of the pitch they face a juggernaut that has lost just once all year. So incredibly, Jones drafted in a player who has played just 95 minutes of rugby all season and made his last Test start four years ago.

Chris Ashton had his Sale debut delayed by seven weeks because of a ban, scored a hat-trick against Connacht and then had a 15-minute run as sub against the Springboks.

And Ashton’s ex-Saracens team-mate Maro Itoje insisted: “Ashy is one of the fittest players I’ve ever seen.

“If he weren’t a rugby player he would be a marathon runner. He can run and run for days without getting tired. I just wish I had his fitness.

“He’s dying to get back out there and he is probably the wing who loves scoring tries more than any, if not most.”

England must hope All Blacks fly-half Beauden Barrett also has another bad day off the tee — kicking is the world’s best player’s only weakness.

 Eddie Jones has told Owen Farrell and his England side what he expects of them

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Eddie Jones has told Owen Farrell and his England side what he expects of them

And, unlike against South Africa, Jones’ men cannot hope to win through penalties alone.

So, with a lack of try-scorers in the pack, the pressure really is on the backs to find a way through… hence Ashton’s call-up.

With so many Red Rose injuries and a win on the board from last weekend, this game could easily be written off as a free hit.

Try telling that to the punters who have waited years for this match and paid up to for a £195 a ticket.

They want a win. But the best way to beat the All Blacks is to fight attacking fire with attacking fire.

If you left it late, you could be shelling out upwards of £2,000 to be there today. So make no mistake, England fans are not paying for an exhibition match.

And if Jones and his boys are still serious about winning the World Cup next year they will surely have to beat the All Blacks again in Japan in less than 12 months.

Believe the hype. This game is the world's most expensive trailer for the main event — when these two hopefully meet again in 2019 with World Cup glory at stake.

EDDIE JONES wants England to become box-office movie-makers by producing a thriller in Twickenham.