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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

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