Jones: I wouldn’t know ABs’ haka from the Spice Girls

Whanganui Chronicle - - Sport - Rugby

Eng­land coach Ed­die Jones has laughed away sug­ges­tions that the All Blacks haka at Twick­en­ham will have any rel­e­vance to to­mor­row’s test, jok­ing that he would not no­tice if pop group the Spice Girls were singing in­stead.

Eng­land face Steve Hansen’s world cham­pi­ons for the first time in four years in Lon­don at 4am (NZT).

Pre­vi­ous All Blacks ren­di­tions of their cus­tom­ary chal­lenge at Twick­en­ham have been met with

Swing Low, Sweet Char­iot from home fans, but Jones had no in­ter­est in the pre-match fes­tiv­i­ties.

“At that stage of the game, they could be play­ing the Spice Girls and I wouldn’t know what’s be­ing played,” Jones said at a me­dia con­fer­ence yes­ter­day.

“They’re mak­ing a come­back, aren’t they, the Spice Girls? Maybe they could sing at that time. It’s got no rel­e­vance to me at all.”

Ear­lier this week, Jones re­sem­bled a cat on hot tiles such was the en­thu­si­asm he at­tempted to project about this week­end’s clash.

“I didn’t need this [win over South Africa] to make me be­lieve we can beat the All Blacks. I thought we’d beat the All Blacks back in 2016 so noth­ing has changed, mate,” Jones said, re­flect­ing on the start of his tur­bu­lent ten­ure.

“I said to the boys af­ter the game, I can’t wait. They are the bench­mark in world rugby. They are who you want to play against. Where you are in the world, you only know when you’ve played against the All Blacks. Any team that wins 91 per cent of their games is a great team. What other teams in world sport do that?”

Jones has heard the same mes­sages em­a­nat­ing from Eng­land’s Li­ons con­tin­gent, the likes of world­class first five-eighth Owen Farrell who may draw on ex­pe­ri­ences from their sec­ond test vic­tory in Welling­ton last year.

“Course we be­lieve, any­one can be beaten,” Farrell said. “I don’t think any team is un­beat­able. I’m sure peo­ple will talk about all dif­fer­ent sorts of things this week but we’ve got to get bet­ter and that shows on the pitch.”


Ed­die Jones says the haka means noth­ing to Eng­land.

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