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Jones blasts “totally disrespectful” criticism of England after Cup triumph

Eddie Jones blasted his critics and the Twickenham boo boys after England escaped to victory in the Autumn Nations Cup final.

The world’s No.2 ranked team needed a last-gasp converted try to force sudden death against a second-string French team – and enable Owen Farrell to land the golden shot for a 22-19 triumph.

Jones praised his team for bouncing back from World Cup final despair to win two trophies in two months.

He then went to war on those unhappy with England’s kick-and-chase approach, branding them “totally disrespectful”.

Asked if rugby should not be more entertaining, he raged: “I find the question childish. You have to win. If we don’t win, we don’t coach.

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“Had we run the ball from everywhere, got turned over 30 times and beaten 30-15 you’d have said ‘why didn’t we kick the ball more’?

“These are the best players in the world. Are you telling me they’re playing that game because they don’t want to play good rugby? Be respectful to the players.”

Jones added: “We’re trying to win games of rugby and we’ve got to find a way to do that. The easiest way at times is to kick the ball, other times is to run the ball. We’re always looking to get the right balance.

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“Would we like to run the ball more? possibly yes, but not if we’re not going to win games of rugby.

“We’re still not playing as well as we’d like to play. But we wouldn’t have won that game 12 months ago. That’s a good learning for us.”




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