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Eddie Jones Slams Welsh Captain's Conduct Ahead Of Twickenham Clash

Eddie Jones Slams Welsh Captain's Conduct Ahead Of Twickenham Clash

"It will be a massive honour to overtake Matt who was a hero of mine growing up", said the Harlequin. "I'll keep doing what I'm doing and keep within the spirit of the game". Both teams claimed impressive bonus-point wins in their first match and are likely to come into this clash with plenty of confidence.

Gatland stated earlier in the week that England's six-day turnaround following their 46-15 demolition of Italy would count against them, but Jones used yesterday's team announcement press conference to hit back.

We play tough. We've heard how fit Wales are.if it was a cross-fit game, then I would understand why fitness was so important.

"I can remember 18 or 24 months ago someone in the RFU, whose name I don't recollect at the moment, coming in and saying 'you play Italy on Sunday and Wales on Saturday, is that OK?'"

We've got to respect the integrity of the referee in the game because we've got one of the most hard games to referee. "To overtake him will be brilliant, but this weekend isn't about me, it's about England hopefully beating Wales". He led the 2013 Lions to a 2-1 series win in Australia and previous year his Lions drew the series 1-all in New Zealand after the final Test ended in a 12-all draw. With Jones able to bring on Jonathan Joseph and Jack Nowell from the bench, it is clear England have still got a wealth of quality options available to them.

Asked if Eddie Jones's comments over Patchell were insulting, the Wales captain added: "No not at all. Hopefully that's moulded me into the player I am now".

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"I don't see a massive amount of change in what I've experienced in the past", Gatland says of England.

Of his 77 caps, 43 have come as a replacement.

England coach Eddie Jones was forced into making at least one change after first-choice scrum-half Ben Youngs went off after just 10 minutes at Rome's Stadio Olimpico with a knee injury that has ended his involvement in the Six Nations.

But Care said the former Australia and Japan coach had urged him to trust his instincts regardless of when he took the field.

"I thought he was right out of order last week".

Part of that plan will be to let Joseph rush up in defence and threaten to either intercept anything thrown wide by Patchell or hit him along with inside centre Owen Farrell, and although Jones confirmed that he does not want to rush Ben Te'o with back-to-back Tests on his return from injury, he also expects Joseph to throw the Wales fly-half into the pressure cooker.