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England’s Eddie Jones Universally Lambasted For Sour Reaction To Inspired Italian Tactics In Six Nations Clash

England head coach Eddie Jones has come under fire for his less than complimentary comments of Italy following their Six Nations clash at Twickenham on Sunday.

Despite running out 36-15 winners and maintaining the astonishing winning streak, now at 17 games, Jones was highly critical of the tactics employed by the Azzurri to disrupt the England breakdown.

The decision to not contest for the ball allowed Italy to operate without the restriction of an offside line and they continually cut off the channels normally available to the scrum-half at the base of what would normally be a ruck.

It was a move that confused and frustrated England for much of the first 60 minutes of the game, and though completely legal, left coach Eddie Jones seething.

In post-match interviews, Jones slammed the tactic, stating it was ‘not rugby’, even making the outlandish claim that if this is how teams will employ the rules, he will retire.

Now, as the dust settles on an often bizarre test at Twickenham, rugby neutrals, and even some England fans, have turned on the Australian for his less than magnanimous remarks.

One can certainly understand, though not condone, Jones’ frustrations. It was meant to be an exhibition of England’s rugby superiority. Ireland had, of course, run out 63-10 winners in Rome two weeks ago.

Instead, Italy made England look foolish for much of the game and while they did eventually secure a bonus point win, the manner of the win saw Jones fire the rattle from the cot in a major way.

In a tournament of many highlights and talking points, ‘engage-gate’ looks set to be one of the more entertaining ones.

Gary Brennan, Pundit Arena

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Author: The PA Team

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