With Warren Gatland questioning whether England have already played their World Cup final when beating New Zealand, Eddie Jones has taken aim back at the Welsh coach.
England shocked New Zealand on Saturday by defeating the back-to-back World Cup winners 19-7 in Yokohama to book their spot in this weekend's final, where they will meet South Africa after the Springboks overcome Wales 19-16 yesterday.
Gatland had made his comments after his side's semi-final loss which set up a third and fourth place play-off with New Zealand, the only Tier One side in the world he hasn't masterminded Wales to a win over.
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Speaking to the media after his Welsh counterpart's comments, however, the England head coach couldn't resist temptation and made a subtle dig at the departing Wales coach. He said:
Can you just send my best wishes to Warren to make sure he enjoys the third and fourth place play-off?
Meanwhile, the Australian also paid tribute to the national side's supporters, claiming the success was giving people back home in England something to cheer about amid political disorder in Westminster.
"You give the country something to cheer about and with Brexit at the moment they probably need something to cheer about," Jones said.
It's a job of the team to make the country as happy as they can be, because there is still a game to go. The crowds here generally at the World Cup have been fantastic.