Monday 14 October 2019

Jones: US will play 'like 15 Trumps'

England coach Eddie Jones. Photo: AFP/Getty
England coach Eddie Jones. Photo: AFP/Getty

Independent.ie Sportsdesk

England coach Eddie Jones has stoked up the game against the United States at the Rugby World Cup in Japan by saying the Americans are going to play "like 15 Donald Trumps."

Jones, who is Australian, explained he expected the USA team "to give it everything."

But previewing the game, Jones said "it's going to be like 15 Donald Trumps out there, so we'll have to be on our job because we know they're going to give it everything."

Jones has already raised eyebrows in Japan by referring to two of his players as "kamikaze kids." Jones said he used the term for flankers Sam Underhill and Tom Curry because of their ferocious defence.

Meanwhile, after a record World Cup defeat at the hands of Ireland, injury was added to insult for Scotland, with news of two major casualties.

There was little surprise that Hamish Watson's World Cup is over after the openside flanker was carried off shortly before half-time in the 27-3 defeat, but the news that Ali Price was on crutches with an ankle injury that could end his tournament was a shock.

The scrum-half came on for Greig Laidlaw against Ireland and seemed to leave the field without obvious pain. Assistant coach Danny Wilson was unable to give a time frame for Price's return, but said that the eight-day turnaround before the Samoa game on Monday provided cause for optimism.

International Rugby Newsletter

Rugby insights and commentary from our renowned journalists like Neil Francis, Will Slattery, Alan Quinlan & Cian Tracey.

Irish Independent

The Left Wing - Can Ireland pick themselves up again and what has Joe Schmidt learned from 2015?

Editor's Choice

Also in Sport