Form England can make Wales pay for past slights, says Jones

Heather Diaz
February 13, 2019

'A lot of people will write us off, which is a good position to be in, ' Gatland said.

"We're going to have to be at our absolute best".

Warren Gatland has warned England to expect an extremely motivated Wales side as the two nation's prepare to face off in the Six Nations.

England skipper Owen Farrell, who was struggling with the conversation in the blustery winds, fed May with a looping pass for his second try of the afternoon. He's been at the top of the tree in European rugby for the last 15 years, through his club and country and the Lions.

A team is a reflection of its coach and we saw with Ben Youngs walking off in the middle of an interview with Sky during the summer that his behaviour did rub off on his players. They have greater impact in the dying stages of a close contest but Barrett's first in 71 tests at Twickenham past year was equally valuable. The 22-year-old - son of former France fly-half Alain - displayed that in his try in the first-half but the problem did not lie in his skills going forward but rather in defence.

And Ball, who started alongside Alun Wyn Jones in Wales' second row that day, added: "To lose a game like that was gutting from a personal point of view, and I know the boys won't want to feel like that again". Some of the chasing today was outstanding.

France head coach Jacques Brunel said: "Obviously I'm very, very disappointed".

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Jones said, "Jonny May is like, when you go to the park, and you see a person with a tennis ball and they throw it, and the dog runs 100 miles per hour and chases and brings it back".

"The nice thing is we have two weeks together in the build-up to the England match, and we are excited about it. The conditions (in Japan) will not be the same".

It's been nine years since France were last Six Nations champions and, after throwing away a 16-0 lead to be beaten by Wales in the opener of this year's tournament, the loss in "Le Crunch" virtually ended their title hopes for another year.

But France only reduced the bleeding in the second half as England threw on reserves and rested stars such as Mako Vunipola, George Kruis, Ashton, and Sinckler in the third quarter.

France captain Guilhem Guirado, whose side next play Scotland in Paris, said this latest reverse had been particularly damaging.

I've spoken a lot about his training methods in the past and he's definitely learned in that respect as the word coming out of the England camp now is that they aren't being beasted in training like they were previous year.

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