British and Irish Lions would have swept All Blacks under Eddie Jones - Billy Vunipola

England coach Eddie Jones
England coach Eddie Jones Photo credit: Getty

An Eddie Jones-coached British and Irish Lions would have swept aside the All Blacks 3-0, according to England loose forward Billy Vunipola.

Despite a rather historic drawn series, it would seem that some in the north view the June series as an opportunity lost, rather than a moral victory against the world conquering New Zealand side.

On Thursday (NZT), Irish flanker Sean O'Brien told an Irish radio station that overtraining, implemented by coach Warren Gatland, cost the tourists a series win.

Fast-forward 24-hours and Vunipola, who pulled out of the tour with a shoulder injury, has told BBC radio that the current England coach would have gone one better than Gatland.

"I wasn't there on tour but I guess if he (O'Brien) is saying it and the authority he said it with, he's probably right," Vunipola said.

"For me to sit here and say the Lions would have probably won is wrong. But personally my opinion is that if Eddie Jones went as coach they would have won 3-0. He is that good."

England have been resurgent under the Australian, claiming 19 of his 20 Tests in charge,  adding flair to their forward dominated play.

Billy Vunipola
Billy Vunipola Photo credit: Getty

The 24-year-old believes Jones would maximised the talent of the squad better than Gatland and worked out a way of stopping the All Black machine.

"I don't know how he would have done it, but Eddie would have found a way. Eddie has changed our mindset at England from always accepting we can't always be too outspoken and confident and he's really helped us a team to kick on."

The Lions lost the opening test 30-15 at Eden Park before bouncing back to take the second test 24-21, handing the All Blacks their first home loss since 2009.

A victory in the third and final test would have secured the Lions their first series win in New Zealand since 1971.


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