Eddie Jones backs Owen Farrell to avoid citing

Marcus Newton
November 6, 2018

"If it was all legal - and I didn't have a good look at the replay - we should start tackling like that."
"Once you've got that, then you've got an opportunity to put yourself in the position where you think about winning the game".

England coach Eddie Jones backed Owen Farrell to avoid being cited for a risky tackle that could rule him out of next week's clash with New Zealand as he turned on his critics following a nail-biting 12-11 win over South Africa on Saturday.

"He's had some success against New Zealand in the past, but hopefully he doesn't get any on Saturday". They're the three areas they've improved the most in.

"(The) Most important thing is what we do next", the Australian said.

"If you watch at full speed, he has a big run up on me and we both bounce off each other and end up on the floor", Farrell said after the match. Imagine if Theresa May comes out and says: "'We got the result because we hung in there.' I don't think that's going to happen".

England are looking for their first victory against the All Blacks since December 2012.

With the clock beyond the 80-minute mark at Twickenham, England were desperately trying to keep the Springboks at bay before Andre Esterhuizen made a line break.

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Two Farrell penalties kept England in touch before a long-range Elliot Daly kick gave Jones' men the lead.

England supplied the largest contingent of players to the 2017 Lions tour and upon their return, Eddie Jones requested suggestions from the likes of Owen Farrell and Maro Itoje on how the All Blacks could be beaten.

"To beat the New Zealanders you've got to be unbelievably disciplined", he said.

The England head coach sat down with his senior players on Sunday night to work through the notes they had compiled from their Lions experiences in New Zealand last summer, when the All Blacks were defeated in Wellington and the series drawn.

"They're athletic, fast and skilful".

Eddie Jones believes rugby union will eventually resort to having two referees oversee a match in response to its increasing intensity.

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