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Eddie Jones Wants New Zealand In World Cup Semi-Final

England are the first side through to the Rugby World Cup semi-finals following their 40-16 win over Australia at Oita Stadium.

Australia started well but England were full value for their win. Jonny May went over in the first-half for two tries in quick succession before Kyle Sinkler and Anthony Watson rounded off the win in the second half.

England now await the winners of Ireland’s clash with New Zealand in the final four and following their win this morning, Eddie Jones made his feelings clear on who he would rather play.

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“The good news for us is that we can still improve. We absolutely weren’t at our best. Australia started the game fast, played superbly the first 20, we had to hang in there. Hung in there, got a bit of momentum back and got the points when we needed. I’m so pleased for the players, they worked hard to get this result.”

Jones singled out attack coach Scott Wisemantel for his role in England’s win after a scintillating attacking display.

“The players are excellent in working that out, Scott Wisemantel’s done a great job with our attack and getting more options in our attack. I think maybe at the start of the four years here we were a little bit too one-dimensional but now we’ve got more options and he’s done a great job in that area.”

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Before rounding off the interview, Jones made it abundantly clear that he wants to face the All Blacks in the semi-finals next week.

“We’re happy to play anyone. obviously, I’ve got a soft spot for New Zealand. I’d love to play New Zealand in the semi-final, it would be a great challenge.”

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