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Eddie Jones to hold talks with Chris Robshaw over England captaincy

TWICKENHAM -- England's new head coach Eddie Jones will be looking for Richie McCaw-esque qualities as he weighs up who will captain his side in the Six Nations -- but whoever is chosen will have to be a unwavering supporter of the credo he will implant within the national side.

If Stuart Lancaster was the 'cultured one' then Jones is the 'pragmatic one' with the Australian describing his game plan as just that with a focus on the set piece. It will be a vastly different experience for the England players when they arrive for their first session with the former Australia, Japan and South Africa coach.

The message from Jones to the players was stark: they will be doing things his way. "We will be clear on what we want in the team, how we want to behave and how we want to play," Jones said at his unveiling as England's new head coach. "It will be up to the players to adapt to that and if they don't adapt then they won't be in the team.

"I am direct when I need to be direct. I can be soft as well. I have learnt to be soft as I got older. When you are young as a coach you are never too soft. I have learnt that."

Jones will meet Chris Robshaw at his Winchester coffee house -- "fantastic coffee, best coffee in England. That would be sensitive" -- to hear his views and will hoover up English rugby of all grades over the coming four weeks to assess his first Elite Player Squad. It is likely to include a fetcher openside with Jones saying he has "three or four names of guys who can potentially play there", all of whom will be in the English domestic system: he is happy with the RFU policy of not picking overseas players.

For the captaincy, he will prioritise form and ability and then assess out of his first-choice XV who the best skipper will be.

"The first thing with a captain is that he has to be one of the first players selected," Jones said. "You've got to know the guy is going to be in the team. Secondly, whatever values we've got in the team they've got to live those values.

"Whatever values we have in the team, they have to live those values. Those stories about Richie McCaw are true. In training they go from one drill to the next and he sprints there, he's the first there. He cleans the changing room after the game, that's the sort of guy you want. But it's not just one guy; you need a group of players around him to support him. I'm sure those players are in England, we just have to find them. Leadership is something you have to develop."

He will also hold council with Stuart Lancaster's backroom staff: Andy Farrell, Mike Catt and Graham Rowntree. Only then will he weigh up their qualities against other contenders before deciding on the best cocktail for his coaching team, which is likely to compromise three assistants, and added specialist coaches. "We will work hard to get it right" said Jones and high up on his agenda as England coach will be developing succession planning.

The All Blacks are the masters of making the transition between one coach and another as seamless as possible, personified in the handing over of the baton from Sir Graham Henry to Steve Hansen with the success continuing. Jones is not comprehending taking on the job beyond 2019 -- "I will be 59 then, I will be watching cricket in Barbados" was his answer to prospects four years and beyond -- and he has been charged with identifying and tutoring his successor.

"I see it as part of my job in the four years is to develop England coaches to take over," Jones said. "Everyone wants to have their own nationalities as a head coach, I understand that. But I have a job to do now to take England forward and develop some England coaches. I can do that."

But first up is Scotland on February 6. He was reluctant to throw oracle-type predictions of what shape and structure they will be in come the 2019 World Cup and is approaching it with the old managerial cliché of taking it "each game as it comes".

He will be focused on working closely with the Premiership clubs but on the understanding the minute a player steps into the England environment, domestic ties will be put to one side. "You've got to think like an English player," was his take and he will be aiming to utilise the widespread talent at his disposal.

Jones took in some of last weekend's Champions Cup matches and said the talent is there to make England the number one side in the world so his focus is on getting the best out of the players.

"Whenever you've got talent, you've got a chance to create something special. We've got talent here." New England head coach Eddie Jones

"You need talent and you need cohesion - and there is plenty of talent in England. So the thing you've got to work on is cohesion. That's about identifying what's going to be the strengths of the team, making sure we keep improving those, and identifying areas where we can have a competitive edge. Going forward that is going to be the plan."

The frequent theme from Jones' press conference on Friday is that this is a "clean slate". He said the previous era of Lancaster is "finished" and he will only address any fallout from the World Cup if the players require it.

It has been a whirlwind few days for Jones. From being unveiled as the Stormers coach last Thursday to then meeting RFU CEO Ian Ritchie on Saturday to being anointed as England's new coach on Friday morning but he painted a picture of unbridled excitement at the next four years.

"If it was the toughest job in rugby I'd still be in Cape Town," Jones said. "It's got to be the best job in world rugby because there is talent here. Whenever you've got talent, you've got a chance to create something special. We've got talent here."