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Ex-England boss slams Jones over pre-match comments

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3rd February, 2020
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Former coach Clive Woodward has taken a swipe at England manager Eddie Jones for England’s sloppy loss to France in the Six Nations.

Former World Cup-winning England coach Clive Woodward has taken a swipe at current mentor Eddie Jones following their 24-17 Six Nations defeat to France on Sunday.

Jones promised a brutal and physically aggressive game and “to make sure they (France) understand what Test rugby is” in the build-up to the match. 

A lacklustre England lacked impact on the gain line and made several handling errors in their first Test since being beaten 32-12 by South Africa in the World Cup rugby final in November.

Woodward said all the hype and pre-match comments made the English national team, who at one stage trailed 24-0, look “stupid”.

“The time for talking is now over, England must respond to this through their actions,” Woodward wrote in a column for the Daily Mail.

“And stop this media hype which is nonsense and making them all look rather stupid …

“England arrived with the wrong team and clearly haven’t yet shaken off that depressing World Cup final result.

“Given all that, I was surprised at the confidence pundits were showing in an England victory. It also demonstrated again the futility of all the pre-match talk of brutality and physicality and teaching France a few lessons.”


England visit Scotland for their second match on Saturday.

“As for becoming the best team ever and all that hyperbole, England should concentrate on becoming the best team for the next 80 minutes … then the next. 

“That’s what true champion teams do – they never get ahead of themselves,” he added.

“Saturday’s trip to Murrayfield will be just as tough as this game and again, I make Scotland firm favourites.”