Eddie Jones admits he fears England could become Japan’s latest super-scalp

EDDIE JONES will warn his England stars that they aren't bulletproof from becoming Japan's latest super-scalp.

Under Jones the Brave Blossoms produced the World Cup's greatest, and one of sport's biggest ever shocks, by beating two-times champions South Africa.

 Eddie Jones became a hero with Japan

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Eddie Jones became a hero with Japan

The 2015 Miracle of Brighton was such a freak result that a film is being made about their 34-32 Amex slaying of the Springboks – with Jurassic Park star Sam Neill being cast as Jones' father.

And England's half-Japanese boss says his side are not invincible ahead of the banana-skin Test.

Asked if history could repeat itself, he said: "Obviously our intention is no. Every game has consequences when you’re a Test match coach.

"I can remember in 2005, Australia were playing Wales, we were behind 24-22 and Mat Rogers had a kick in front of the post and missed it.

 Japan celebrate their historic win in Brighton

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Japan celebrate their historic win in Brighton
 Japan produced the biggest shock in World Cup history

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Japan produced the biggest shock in World Cup history

"Now, if he had have kicked it, things might have been different. You have all these games, they are all games that send you in one direction or another.

"They all balance out."

Jones had to totally rebuild minnows Japan when he took the Tokyo job in 2012.

 Steve Borthwick helped lead Japan to an incredible Springboks victory and joined Jones with England

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Steve Borthwick helped lead Japan to an incredible Springboks victory and joined Jones with England

Having coached at Tokai University and Suntory Sungoliath in the Top League Jones is also no stranger to the psyche of sportsmen in the Land of the Rising Sun.

He revealed: "When I went there they had a completely losing mindset.

"They were happy to play against England get beaten 70-20. Because as long as they tried hard everyone was happy. They still had the name Brave Blossoms.

"Now those young guys, because they’ve seen Japan win, they now think they can win.

 Japan will forever go down in World Cup folklore

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Japan will forever go down in World Cup folklore

"The young guys play Super Rugby so are playing against the best players in the world on a weekly basis, so they think they can win.

"That makes them more dangerous. It also opens up other opportunities for us. They cancelled a round of top league so they could have a camp.

"They have had two weeks before the All Blacks game, two weeks before this game, they have had more time with their team than we will have in the whole year."

Jones will be without lock George Kruis for the rest of the autumn after he suffered a calf injury in the controversial 16-15 All Blacks defeat.

 George Kruis goes off injured against New Zealand

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George Kruis goes off injured against New Zealand

And the Red Rose boss is still furious at the marginal offside call that went against his side in the build-up to a Sam Underhill "try" – after the TMO interfered against the rules.

Having spent last week at a ref's meeting, he said: "I don’t think I’ll go to another referees’ meeting in my life. It’s a waste of time.

"If I'm not going to go to the meetings, I won’t know what’s said. The referees have a tough job, tough decisions to make. All we want in is consistency in decision making.

"If we have policies then we have to follow it. If we don't follow it, then what is the point in being involved in those policies and decision making?

 Sam Underhill was denied a 10/10 performance by the TMO as his late try was ruled out for offside

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Sam Underhill was denied a 10/10 performance by the TMO as his late try was ruled out for offside

"I don't have any sour grapes at all about the game. You win some you lose some and get on with it. But there is something wrong somewhere."

Jones will be without George Kruis who is ruled out of the rest of the month with a calf strain.

And after Monday's shock change of allegiance from Gary Graham to Scotland, the England boss had one last dig adding: "I think England should be proud of what they do, providing players for Scotland, Wales, Ireland, who else?

"They should be proud!"

EDDIE JONES will warn his England stars that they aren't bulletproof from becoming Japan's latest super-scalp.