Jones has made a habit of poaching rugby league players to the 15-man code during his coaching career.
Now he is getting ready to give former South Sydney forward Te’o an international cap.
Jones told Brisbane’s Courier-Mail that Sam Burgess would have succeeded in rugby union with more time.
“Rugby league is not a skilful game, it’s a game where you’ve got to hurt people.
“Tough guys like Te’o bring something extra to a squad, a bit of an intangible.
“There is a massively high correlation between players who have been successful Origin players and then made a really good fist of rugby.
“If they haven’t done that or come across as a hopeful NRL first grader there’s a huge correlation with them being average rugby players.”