Eddie Jones expecting Six Nations tournament to be brutal

Eddie Jones expecting Six Nations tournament to be brutal

Ireland will be heading into the tournament as favourites having clinched a Grand Slam last year and they have a chance to displace New Zealand at the top of the World Rugby rankings during this year's Six Nations.

On facing Ireland, Jones added: "Whether it's the biggest game of the tournament or not doesn't really matter because our job is the same - our job is to prepare well and be the best we can be". After a few years as Blues assistant (back when they weren't the absolute mess they are now, mind you), Schmidt left New Zealand to try his luck overseas.

The 2019 season of the Guinness Six Nations and Women's Six Nations has been launched in London with an event attended by all 12 captains and coaches of competing teams.

But Ireland coach Joe Schmidt brushed aside a typical Jones comment yesterday.

"I nearly feel like saying to the bus driver, "let me off so I can go and have a pint with these people", and have as much fun as they do".

"I think it keeps it fresh, it keeps it entertaining. It does make me think 'is he serious about that?'", he added.

"I enjoy the banter with Eddie".

"We intentionally didn't want to publicise some of the family challenges we have had, just because you have got to respect your kids' privacy even though you have a public job", he explained. I'd like a direct dial myself.

"I don't know that Commissioner Gordon is in the building when matches are being played". Ireland were blitzed by Argentina in the quarter finals of the 2015 tournament, so the pressure is now firmly on them and their coach to deliver next year.

"Yeah, and I think it is not simplistic and it is a bit more holistic for us".

In his typically humble manner, Schmidt attempted to brush any personal praise attached to his transformation of Ireland, reigning Six Nations champions and World Cup contenders.

Guilhem Guirado and Gaelle Hermet (France), Rory Best and Ciara Griffin (Ireland), Sergio Parisse and Manuela Furlan (Italy), Greig Laidlaw and Lisa Thomson (Scotland) and Alun Wyn Jones and Carys Phillips (Wales) were all present at The Hurlingham Club to help kick-off the two-month series. "Our expectation is always the same, to go to Ireland and win", he said.

"Well, I didn't really get asked, I got told that I needed to be involved in the co-curricular life of the school and I said, "Look, I'd love to coach basketball" and he said, 'That's brilliant, that's on Friday nights, it won't affect your rugby coaching on Saturday mornings.'"At the time I was playing on the wing for Manawatu, the provincial team, and it kind of went from there".

Many pundits thought Farrell fortunate to stay on the field following illegal "no-arms" tackles during England's wins at home to South Africa and Australia in November.

Jones duly played his part by responding: "We're both in Portugal so I'm going to the airport now and buying a pair of binoculars".

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