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Jones slams ´disrespectful´ England

11 December 2012 02:48

Former Australian rugby coach Eddie Jones has branded England 'disrespectful' following the 38-21 win over the All Blacks at Twickenham.

Jones told The Daily Star that England coach Stuart Lancaster needed to sort out his side's cocky behaviour if they were to rule the rugby world in 2015. And he targeted centre Manu Tuilagi as the main offender.

Jones cited Tuilagi's attitude when strolling over the goal-line and standing 'statue-like, lapping up the crowd's adulation instead of trying to get nearer to the posts'.

"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," Jones, who coached Australia to the 2003 World Cup final, said.

"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.

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

Jones said he expected the England management would have been upset at Tuilagi's attitude.

At the same time Jones said England's win proved nothing.

"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 the beaten New Zealand in the last nine years?" he asked.

"The secret of a very good team is consistency and New Zealand have won 88 percent 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," he said.

Jones said to win a World Cup teams needed to have around 600 caps. It was all about maturing and England needed around another 300 caps of experience ahead of the World Cup. They had the potential to have a very good team but they would need to eliminate the sort of arrogance Tuilagi had unveiled.

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