Jones: Ford can be bet­ter than Bar­rett

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Lon­don: Mis­chievous Eng­land rugby coach Ed­die Jones is at it again, this time tak­ing a thinly veiled crack at All Blacks first five and newly minted world player of the year Beau­den Bar­rett. Bar­rett has had a fab­u­lous year as­sum­ing the No 10 All Black jersey va­cated by Dan Carter’s move to play in France, and was re­cently anointed the premier player on the planet for 2016 at World Rugby’s an­nual awards. But Jones made it clear, in the wake of Eng­land’s 58-15 vic­tory over Fiji to ex­tend their win­ning streak un­der their Aussie coach to 11, that Bar­rett would not have had his vote. Jones never wastes a chance to chip away at the All Blacks ed­i­fice, and took an­other swing when talk­ing up the abil­i­ties and po­ten­tial of his own No 10, Ge­orge Ford, af­ter the one-sided vic­tory over Fiji.

“He’s got a beau­ti­ful skill set. I think Ge­orge can be bet­ter than Beau­den Bar­rett,” Jones told UK media in a sto­ry­line they jumped all over en masse. “Peo­ple rave about Beau­den Bar­rett but I don’t. I’ll leave it at that. I don’t pick the player of the year,” he added, with his trade­mark grin.-Rugby Heaven

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