Two comments from Eddie Jones caught my eye over the past 24 hours. Neither of them present him in a very good light.
The first one regarding the cancellation of England’s game against France: “We are not concerned at all, we are excited, absolutely excited as it’s a great opportunity. Who would have thought we would have two relatively easy games, one tough game and then two weeks to prepare for a quarterfinal. So someone is smiling on us – the typhoon gods maybe?”
This shows a complete lack of consideration for the tens of thousands of fans who have spent a lot of money travelling to Japan, booking hotels and getting tickets. It also shows a lack of respect for the opposition France as well as all those who have a vested interest in a fair World Cup.
He then follows this up with another arrogant barb – this time when asked about whether or not Scotland should feel aggrieved about being eliminated from the tournament should their game against Japan be cancelled on Sunday.
‘It’s typhoon season, so you go somewhere else and it’s terrorists season. You know what’s going to happen. It’s typhoon season here and you’ve got to be prepared for it.
‘We had an idea it could happen and therefore you have to accumulate points in your games to put yourself in the right position in case that happened.
‘We just knew that there was the possibility of a game like this during the tournament so we just wanted to put ourselves in the best position we could.”
I have a few problems with that second quote too.
1) England had most of their easier games up front, including playing against a 14-man Argentina. Scotland had to play Ireland in their opening game. They couldn’t choose their schedule and therefore accumulate points at will in case of a typhoon. I don’t think any of the teams planned that kind of strategy in case of a typhoon. What if their first game against Tonga had been cancelled? How would that have affected his typhoon strategy then?
2) If England were in the same boat as Scotland you can bet you would not hear the end of it from Eddie Jones.
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