London - Eddie Jones has told his England
stars to use the hatred from their rivals as fuel to power their bid for the
Six Nations title.
Jones knows England have long been the
Championship's most highly-prized scalp, with the Celtic nations and France
desperate to topple a historical foe after centuries of shared enmity.
Jones has no qualms about embracing the
bitterness and the Australian called on his team to revel in the animosity
ahead of Ireland's visit to Twickenham on Saturday.
"Maybe Clive Woodward summed it up
best when he said everyone hates England -- that's true," the England boss
"Because of the history that is
involved with the social and historical context, there is that long-seated
rivalry and hatred of England. You can feel it.
"I'm not going to use it, but within
the side they can use it. As I said when I took over, I'm not English, I'm
Australian, but I will be absolutely committed to them.
"I'm not going to talk to the players
about things I don't understand. I only talk to them about things I do
understand. But we have got staff that can do that. And if we think it is
appropriate we will."
Jones will oversee his first match at
Twickenham as England coach when the champions visit in the third round of the
When asked about the previous regime's
decision to fill changing rooms with historical signposts in the hope of
generating team culture by tapping into the past, Jones instead chose to focus
on what happens on the pitch.
"The whole week we spend trying to get
it right on the field. The dressing room is 40 minutes before the game,"
"To me it's not insignificant, it's
important, but it's not something I'll be staying up at night worrying about.
"You go back to the (former New
Zealand coach) Graham Henry situation when Tana Umaga was All Blacks captain.
"After five games Tana went up to him
and said 'Graham, do you think your speeches are really having a good effect?'
"And Graham said to Tana 'yes I do,
what do you think?'. Umaga said no. And then Graham never made a pre-game
"To me, it's not a significant part of
our preparation. It's what we do out here on the field during the week that
will count. That's what counts on the inside."