England head coach Eddie Jones doubled down on making it clear that Ireland are ‘incredibly hot contenders’ against the Six Nations on Saturday at Twickenham.
Reland manager Andy Farrell dismissed Jones’ seductive insult by pointing to his remarks ahead of the 2019 meeting between the two teams, when the Australian said “praise can make you weak”. .
Jones adopted a similar mental approach in the build-up this week, and he continues that theme after naming his team for this weekend’s much-anticipated clash.
When asked what about Ireland’s selection of the team, Jones said: “We care more about our spouse.
“What I do know is that they are red lovers. I went to the cafe yesterday and the girl said: ‘That Irish team must be good, all their old players thought they were going to win the game. match and all the former England players thought they were going to win the game. They must be a pretty good team. How do you feel?’
“I said, ‘Can I have a coffee, please’.”
When asked if he agreed with the incorrect suggestion that Ireland was a strong favourite, Jones replied: “I am not a bookie friend, I am a coach. pellets. All I worry about is my team playing well. We are prepared and we will pursue them to mate. “
Jones vowed his England team would ‘break the cohesion of Ireland’ as he repeatedly pointed to the physical attack that awaited his players.
“As we said, they are a very cohesive team. 80% of the team trains for 11 months of the year,” continued Jones.
“They are a highly organized national union that keeps the players at their best, so we have to break their cohesion.
“Once we break their bond, we’ll have a chance to attack and then we have to be good enough to take them down.”
Jones did not underestimate the importance of the match, as England look for a win that will keep them on title-smashing shouts when they arrive in Paris on the final day.
“It was a teammate in the semi-final. One of the two teams that advance to the final is the final match. Both teams knew what was at stake. But if you read the article there is only one team that has a chance to win. “
Jones was also asked if there was anything in the Ireland selection that surprised him, and he added: “I’m not trying to guess the opposition’s chosen teammate. I was too worried about this. “
https://www.independent.ie/sport/rugby/six-nations/were-prepared-and-were-going-to-go-after-them-mate-eddie-jones-lays-down-the-gauntlet-to-ireland-41432088.html ‘We’re all set and we’ll go after they mate’ – Eddie Jones lowers his gloves towards Ireland