SAY WHAT, EDDIE?
ENGLAND coach Eddie Jones’ prematch comments about unleashing brutality did not serve as extra motivation for France in their Six Nations clash on Sunday, defence coach Shaun Edwards said.
Jones said France could expect “absolute brutality” from England, but the World Cup runners-up were humbled 24-17 by the hosts and the Australian coach was criticised by former players. “When you’re playing in front of 75 000 in the first game of the Six Nations, if you need exterior motivation, you’re in the wrong place,” Edwards told The Times when asked if Jones’ comments been a factor.
“They’re a pretty self-motivated bunch. I thought Eddie chose the wrong word there, to be honest. He probably should have said ‘physicality’. ‘Brutality’ brings to mind other things.” Edwards, who joined France head coach Fabien Galthie’s backroom staff in November after 12 years with Wales, has hit the ground running with his new team.
“I’ve been helped because at the World Cup, France were using a system with Fabien that was similar to what we had been using with Wales.” | Reuters