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Jones brands England 'disrespectful' & 'arrogant'


Manu Tuilagi scored one and created another against the All Blacks

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Article Published: Monday 10 December 2012


Former Wallabies coach Eddie Jones has branded England as "disrespectful" and "arrogant" as Manu Tuilagi strolled across the try line in England's 38-21 victory over the All Blacks.

Jones, coached Australia in the 2003 Rugby World Cup final when England were crowned Rugby World Cup champions, has warned England coach Stuart Lancaster to watch his players behaviour.

England ended the New Zealand All Blacks unbeaten streak of 20 matches earlier this month and in doing so became the first team to beat the Rugby World Champions of 2011.

Jones says that Lancaster needs to clamp down on his player's cocky behaviour if they are to win the Rugby World Cup in 2015.

"England are still very young. If they can keep it together and go on and pick up 600-odd caps then they could potentially have a very good team.

"But there were already signs of arrogance at the weekend with their centre (Tuilagi) walking over the line, " Jones told the Daily Star.

"That's disrespectful to the world champions - and if they don't control that kind of thing they will not go forward as a team

"You don't want to see that sort of thing creep into the game because it's not good for rugby."

"It doesn't wind up other teams but the game of rugby is about respect - and that's one thing we simply must keep in the game.

"New Zealand have scored numerous points against numerous teams and you never see any of their players do that.

Jones said that even though Tuilagi had an open tryline in front of him he should have ran to the tryline instead of jogging and that he should have tried to score nearer the posts like New Zealand's players would have done.

"They (the All Blacks) run hard and try to get under the posts to make the kick as easy as possible."

"So why didn't the England boy do that? That's what the game is about. It's very ­important to keep a tight lid on that kind of attitude. "

Jones admitted that he knew very little about the England coaches except for Andy Farrell as they both coached Saracens.

"The only guy I really know in the England management is Andy Farrell and I know he certainly will not tolerate that sort of thing. He'll be disappointed by what Tuilagi did."

England started their Autumn Internationals with a record victory over Fiji but lost to Australia and South Africa but ended with the high of stopping the All Blacks.

The Australian said that although England have now beaten the best rugby team in the world they must not get carried away.

"It's only one game. The pressure was off and they played without fear."

"They were not expected to beat the world champions.They have won one Test against a top ­country. How many times have they beaten New Zealand in the last nine years?

"The secret of a very good team is consistency and New Zealand have won 88 per cent of their Tests. England have not done that since 2003 when they had a very good team."

"The big thing now will be the next game and if, when they are expected to win, they can play like that again. That's the test.

"They have a young team with around 250 caps. It's all about maturing and they need to get another 300 caps or so of experience, prior to the World Cup coming around.

"World Cup winners have around 600 caps and there's a reason for that."

 
 
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