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Eddie Jones: Johnny Sexton ‘has the bat phone to the referee’

Sexton (left) has been a regular topic for Jones before England’s meetings with Ireland England coach Eddie Jones has stoked his rivalry with Ireland by claiming again that fly-half Johnny Sexton gets preferential treatment from referees. “Sexton has the bat phone to the referee. When he talks, the referee listens,” said Jones. “That is because of his status in the game – you earn that, like [former New Zealand captain] Richie McCaw did.” England coach Jones said in November that his own number 10 Owen Farrell did not get the…

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Six Nations: England squad the strongest I’ve had – Eddie Jones

Jones took charge of England in the wake of their pool-stage exit from the 2015 World Cup Six Nations 2019: Ireland v England Venue: Aviva Stadium, Dublin Date: Saturday 2 February Kick-off: 16:45 BST Coverage: Live on BBC Radio 5 live, highlights on BBC England boss Eddie Jones believes the squad for the Six Nations opener against Ireland is the strongest he has picked in his time in charge. The Vunipola brothers and Joe Launchbury are among those to return after missing the November Tests. While the likes Dylan Hartley…

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Eddie the sea otter: Famous slam-dunking animal dies

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionMeet the arthritic otter that has learned to shoot hoops Eddie the sea otter, a creature that found viral fame in 2013, has passed away shortly before his 21st birthday. Oregon Zoo, where Eddie lived, confirmed he had been euthanised on Thursday morning following a decline in his health. Eddie was thought to be one of the oldest of his species in the world. The animal gained fans around the world five years ago when an online video showed him slam-dunking a…

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Eddie Wolstenholme: Referees’ assessor collapses in tunnel at Turf Moor

Eddie Wolstenholme refereed in the Premier League between 2001 and 2003 Referees’ assessor Eddie Wolstenholme collapsed in the tunnel before Burnley’s Premier League game with Newcastle, leading kick-off to be delayed by 30 minutes. The former Premier League referee was taken to hospital in a conscious state. He refereed the “Battle of Bramall Lane” in 2002, when Sheffield United-West Brom was abandoned as the hosts had only six players left on the pitch. Burnley host Newcastle with both sides one point above the relegation zone. Follow live coverage of the…

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England 37-18 Australia: Eddie Jones refuses to criticise controversial Owen Farrell tackle

England produce second-half masterclass against Australia England coach Eddie Jones refused to criticise captain Owen Farrell for a controversial tackle in his side’s impressive 37-18 win over Australia. Farrell’s hit on Izack Rodda saved an almost certain try that would have put the visitors four points up. It appeared to be a shoulder charge, reviving memories of Farrell’s tackle on South Africa’s Andre Esterhuizen. “We’ll leave it up to the TMO, the referee didn’t think it was anything wrong,” Jones told BBC Sport. The tackle on second row Rodda happened…

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England 37-18 Australia: Eddie Jones’ men end 2018 with third win of Autumn

Jonny May set England on their way in the second minute with a try in the corner Autumn internationals: England v Australia England: (13) 37 Tries: May, Daly, Cokanasiga, Farrell Cons: Farrell 4 Pens: Farrell 3 Australia: (13) 18 Tries: Folau 2 Cons: Toomua Pens: To’omua 2 Coverage: Highlights on BBC Two and online at 19:30 GMT England pulled away in the second half to beat Australia 37-18 and claim their third victory of the autumn. Jonny May’s early try gave England the lead at Twickenham before Matt Toomua and…

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England v Australia: Slump made us stronger – Eddie Jones

Jones took over England in the wake of a pool-stage exit at the 2015 World Cup England v Australia Venue: Twickenham Date: Saturday, 24 November Kick-off: 15:00 GMT Coverage: Live on BBC Radio 5 live with BBC Two highlights at 19:30 GMT Coach Eddie Jones says six successive defeats earlier this year has made England stronger as they prepare to meet Australia on Saturday. England lost two Tests against South Africa this summer on the heels of reverses against the Barbarians, Ireland, France and Scotland. But, after an impressive autumn…

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England’s Eddie Jones: ‘Fired-up’ Japan was what we wanted

England 35-15 Japan: Second-half tries from Cokanasiga and Hartley give England victory Eddie Jones says he was pleased Japan were “fired up” by his pre-match claim that they should “pray, pray, pray” before meeting his England team. “That is exactly what we wanted. We wanted Japan to be at their best,” the head coach told BBC Radio 5 live. “We didn’t underestimate them at all. We knew it was a tough game.” Japan coach Jamie Joseph said his players were “highly motivated” by Jones’ comments in the build-up. “It fired…

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England 35-15 Japan: Eddie Jones’ side hold off spirited visitors

Bath winger Joe Cokanasiga, 21, scored England’s third try on debut Autumn internationals: England v Japan England: (10) 35 Tries: Care, Wilson, Cokanasiga, Hartley Cons: Ford (3) Pens: Ford 2, Daly Japan:(15) 15 Tries: Nakamura, Leitch Cons: Tamura Pens: Tamura Coverage: Highlights on BBC Two and online at 19:30 GMT England ran in three second-half tries to come from behind and beat an inspired Japan on a testing afternoon at Twickenham. Japan had been in front 15-10 at half-time, a lead fully deserved after tries from Ryoto Nakamura and captain…

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England v New Zealand: We want to make the movie – Eddie Jones on beating the All Blacks

England last beat the All Blacks 38-21 in 2012 England v New Zealand Venue: Twickenham Date: 10 November Kick-off: 15:00 GMT Coverage: Radio commentary on BBC Radio 5 live (build-up from 14:30), live text on BBC Sport website and highlights on BBC Two from 19:30 GMT. Head coach Eddie Jones wants his England team to “make the movie” rather than sit and watch it when they host New Zealand at Twickenham on Saturday. England face the All Blacks for the first time in four years, looking for a first victory…

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