Monday 19 March 2018

England coach Eddie Jones slates media in spiky exchange with reporter over Mike Brown

England coach Eddie Jones congratulates his players after the final whistle
England coach Eddie Jones congratulates his players after the final whistle

England head coach Eddie Jones launched a remarkable tirade at a BBC Radio reporter in the wake of his side's 12-6 NatWest Six Nations win over Wales.

Jones - speaking to Radio Five Live's Chris Jones - claimed full-back Mike Brown, who was named man of the match for an imperious display at Twickenham, had been subjected to unfair criticism by the media.

He then claimed journalists were trying to jump "on the bandwagon" by praising Brown for his performance against the Welsh.

This is the full transcript of the exchange between the pair:

Chris Jones: Kicking game - it looked from the commentary position that it was far superior?

Eddie Jones: Pretty good kicking game, yep, yep.

CJ: Ford and Farrell, both on the money, as ever, on that front?

EJ: Outstanding. And I thought our back three today were super. Mike Brown... you know, you guys all tell me -

CJ: He was good today, wasn't he?

EJ: You guys tell me he can't play Test rugby, and now you're telling me he's good.

CJ: Oh I don't know that's quite fair, Eddie...

EJ: You guys are unbelievable. Fair dinkum, you guys are unbelievable.

CJ: In what way?

EJ: You're always criticising him, and now he has a good game, you're all on the bandwagon.

CJ: I don't think you can treat the whole media as one -

EJ: Oh, I think we can. I think we can. And I'm sick of it, mate.

CJ: Well you're on for three Six Nations in a row and your record is pretty outstanding so from your point of view -

EJ: And you guys are better selectors than we are. That's what you think you are. And now he [Brown] plays a good game, you're all on the bandwagon.

CJ: Ok, but I think most people agree that Mike Brown was excellent today -

EJ: He's been excellent for 23 games for us. so I don't know what was different today.

CJ: Anyone else you want to single out apart from Mike?

EJ: I thought Jonny May and Anthony Watson on the wings, I thought Ford and Farrell and our tight five was exceptional.

CJ: Thanks for your time, Eddie.

The row capped a bad-tempered afternoon for Jones, who also responded testily to newspaper reporters who asked him for his observations on Rhys Patchell, the Wales fly-half who had been singled out by the Australian in the build-up to the Test.

Jones had called Patchell Wales' third-choice fly-half, and suggested England would target him - a plan they duly carried out to the letter.

"I made some comments before the game, I’m talking about the game now," Jones said. "So if you want to talk about the game ask me a question.

"You guys ask me to make comments before the game, I make comments and I raise issues, if you don't want me to keep doing that then I won't do it."

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