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Eddie Jones to harness 'hatred' against Ireland

Updated: Tuesday, 23 Feb 2016 10:01 | Comments

Eddie Jones claims that 'everyone hates England'
Eddie Jones claims that 'everyone hates England'

Eddie Jones claims that there is a "hatred" towards England from their RBS 6 Nations rivals and that he will allow his players to harness it to their advantage.

Jones, an Australian, claims that there is a bitterness towards England and that will enable his team to adopt a siege mentality ahead of Ireland's visit to Twickenham on Saturday if it is beneficial.

"I'm not going to use it, but within the side they can use it"

"Maybe Clive Woodward summed it up best when he said everyone hates England - that's true," Jones said.

"Because of the history that is involved with the social and historical context, there is that long-seated rivalry and hatred of England. You can feel it.

"I'm not going to use it, but within the side they can use it. As I said when I took over, I'm not English, I'm Australian, but I will be absolutely committed to them.

"I'm not going to talk to the players about things I don't understand. I only talk them to about things I do understand. But we have got staff that can do that. And if we think it is appropriate we will."

Jones will oversee his first match at Twickenham as England head coach when the champions visit in the third round of the Six Nations.

When asked about the previous regime's decision to fill changing rooms with historical signposts in the hope of generating team culture by tapping into the past, Jones instead chose to focus on what happens on the pitch.

"The whole week we spend trying to get it right on the field. The dressing room is 40 minutes before the game," Jones said.

"To me it's not insignificant, it's important, but it's not something I'll be staying up at night worrying about.

"You go back to the (former New Zealand coach) Graham Henry situation when Tana Umaga was All Blacks captain.

"After five games Tana went up to him and said 'Graham, do you think your speeches are really having a good effect?'

"And Graham said to Tana 'yes I do, what do you think?'.  Umaga said no. And then Graham never made a pre-game speech after.

"To me, it's not a significant part of our preparation. It's what we do out here on the field during the week that will count. That's what counts on the inside.

"What we do on the field at training (is) what we do on the field on Saturday.

"Our performance is a consequence of what we do during the week. So if we work hard during the week, play for each other during the week and do the small things that count, then nine times out of 10 we'll see that on Saturday."

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