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'To say that you are going to take an international team to the cleaners is very disrespectful.' Stock photo: Getty

'To say that you are going to take an international team to the cleaners is very disrespectful.' Stock photo: Getty

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'To say that you are going to take an international team to the cleaners is very disrespectful.' Stock photo: Getty

I don't know why Eddie Jones and a lot of the English media were so disillusioned with the tactics Italy deployed against them in Twickenham last weekend, writes David Wallace.

The Chiefs, Toulouse, Australia and even France have been doing it in the last couple of years. And Italy had every right to chance it for most of the match in England. 

But the most bizarre thing was how England couldn't react to it. It's a bit shambolic at international level to not know how to deal with it, they were shell-shocked and it was amazing to see England like that in such a high-profile game.

But it was a bit ingenious from the Italians' point of view, and from Conor O'Shea, to use that tactic for that game. Outside of that, I am disappointed with England before and after the game.

To say that you are going to take an international team to the cleaners is very disrespectful.

They were condescending and arrogant but that has been the general narrative of Eddie Jones' time in charge of the England team. 

I am delighted that Italy didn't come to London and just simply roll over like England expected them to. That was a moral victory for Italy, although they obviously wanted to win.

And the only reason England came out and gave out about it was because they were embarrassed.

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