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Eddie Jones Takes Mind-Games A Step Further By Bashing World Rugby

Eddie Jones Takes Mind-Games A Step Further By Bashing World Rugby

Eddie Jones is box-office. There is no doubt the current English head coach enrages his opponents and rivals alike but when it comes to press conferences, the man consistently delivers.

So far this year his attempt at mind-games has included; during the Six Nations launch when he insisted Ireland were favourites, prior to the Welsh game when he criticised Alun Wyn Jones for something he didn't do and then later before that game when he had several jibes at Welsh fly-half Rhys Patchell.

After the game he attacked the media for their treatment of Mike Brown, and now he has set his sights on World Rugby after they admitted Gareth Anscombe's disallowed try should have been given. The decision proved quite costly as a seemingly clear try was denied for Warren Gatland's side.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Jones said World Rugby were undermining officials.

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They (World Rugby) have a record of doing it. They've done it before. I'm on a good behaviour bond so I've got to be careful what I say, but I just think that once the game's done and dusted that's the game. You can't have retrospective refereeing of decisions being done. The game's done and dusted, so we've got to trust the referees and respect their integrity.

When I say respect the referee, that's the TV process as well. You leave it at that, and then you get on with it. One side's won, one side's lost. In Japan they have a great saying: 'At full-time there's no side'. That's one of the traditions of rugby, you get on with it, you respect the decision.

If you haven't got the rub of the green then you know you probably get it in the next couple of games. The TMOs do an excellent job. They make a decision.

One wonders how he would feel had the decision gone the other way around. Never change, Eddie.

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