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ED­DIE JONES gave strong back­ing to Italy as he pre­pares for to­day’s Six Na­tions show­down at Twick­en­ham. There have been calls for the strug­gling Ital­ians to be re­placed in the tour­na­ment by Ge­or­gia or at least to face a rel­e­ga­tion play-off if they fin­ish bot­tom. But Eng­land head coach Jones (above) said: “Italy need to be sup­ported. “If their rugby is not de­vel­op­ing as peo­ple want, they should be sup­ported by World Rugby and the rest of Tier One. “To make a good team you need fi­nan­cial power, in­tel­lect and de­sire. You have got to find ways to help. Rel­e­ga­tion is not some­thing I want to delve into. It doesn’t have any­thing to do with us beat­ing them. All I think is they should be sup­ported.”

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