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Wednesday 19 December 2018

Japan better pray to gods says Jones

WARNING: Eddie Jones. Photo: Reuters
WARNING: Eddie Jones. Photo: Reuters

Eddie Jones has urged Japan to "go to the temple and pray" as he plots a crushing victory over the team he coached at the 2015 World Cup.

Any doubts concerning Jones' future have vanished after victory against South Africa was followed by Saturday's 16-15 defeat to New Zealand, nudging the team back on course after a torrid first half of the year.

Next up at Twickenham are Japan, who Jones coached to the greatest upset in rugby history when South Africa were stunned 34-32 in a match that is to be made into a film called 'The Brighton Miracle'.

Bullied

Brave Blossoms captain Michael Leitch said recently "we've been bullied a lot by Eddie and would like to give it back by beating England as a sign of gratitude", and Jones has responded by issuing an ominous warning.

"Pray, pray, pray. Go to the temple and pray. Just pray, it's the best thing. We're going to be absolutely ruthless," Jones said.

"If I was Japan I'd be worried. I wish we were playing tomorrow. We want to smash them, physically smash them."

Manu Tuilagi is unlikely to be risked for England as he continues his comeback from serious knee, chest, groin and hamstring injuries, while Dylan Hartley is nursing a thumb problem and George Kruis has a calf injury.

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