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Eddie Jones Had A Curious Theory About How Jamie Heaslip Got Injured

Eddie Jones Had A Curious Theory About How Jamie Heaslip Got Injured
By PJ Browne Updated

Eddie Jones was a mostly magnanimous figure in the post-match press conference after Ireland's 13-9 win against England on Saturday afternoon.

The Australian said that Ireland had 'played superbly and were too good for us on the day.'

A major contributor to the Irish performance was Peter O'Mahony. The Munster backrow only came into the starting lineup as a late replacement for Jamie Heaslip who was apparently injured in the warm-up.

The England camp only found out about the change moments before kick-off, which had been delayed due to the extraordinary circumstances at the Stade de France which saw the France vs Wales game nearly hit the 100 minute mark.

There was a conspiracy theory that Heaslip was not injured, rather it was a ploy by Joe Schmidt to disrupt English strategy. That was a notion dismissed by the Ireland head coach during his own post-match press conference.

With a knowing smile of his face, Eddie Jones suggested that Ireland had received some 'luck' in the warm-up. He also said that the O'Mahony's late insertion into the Ireland starting XV had only 'slightly' changed England's lineout strategy.

O'Mahony is a fantastic player. Those conditions probably suited him better than Heaslip, who's a more on top of the ground type player.

Sometimes, you have those bits of luck in your warm-up.

Continuing with the theme that Ireland had been 'lucky' in the warm-up, Jones suggested that perhaps a leprechaun had tackled Jamie Heaslip.

I don't really care mate. We've got to play against the 15 on the field. If they want to do that, that's fair enough.

Maybe a leprechaun tackled him in the warm-up, I don't know.

You can watch the full Eddie Jones press conference below with the leprechaun remark at around the 10 minute mark.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OHoDaMitS0o

See Also: The English Media Reaction To Ireland's Grand Slam-Destroying Performance

Watch: Brian O'Driscoll Enjoyed A Little Laugh At Eddie Jones' Expense On ITV

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