Six Nations 2018: Eagle-eyed England boss Eddie Jones targets Welsh weakspots ahead of Six Nations clash at Twickenham

THERE is one thing particular about England vs Wales at rugby.

An animosity that borders on pure hatred. I simply adore it!

 Eddie Jones' side will face Wales at Twickenham

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Eddie Jones' aspect will face Wales at Twickenham

This week has been completely field-workplace. Eddie Jones, at his mischievous greatest, has lit the fuse for a fiery Twickenham clash together with his jibes at Alun Wyn Jones and Rhys Patchell.

Jones has put a goal on the backs of Patchell and Alun Wyn together with his feedback.

He is aware of the Wales squad can be rallying round their fly-half. However at the identical time, the child Patchell might be going to be saying: “I don’t want this love. I again myself.”

At present, we’ll see if he can deal with the warmth.

 Eddie Jones blasted Wales skipper Alun Wyn Jones for intimidating the referee

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Eddie Jones blasted Wales skipper Alun Wyn Jones for intimidating the referee

And for England, edgy Eddie has cranked up the strain by writing these cheques that they now need to exit and money.

By pointing a finger at two of the important thing Wales gamers, England now need to exit and ship.

There’s all the time been dangerous blood and animosity between these two heavyweights.

Austin Healey tells a terrific story a few Wales fan headbutting the England group bus.

 Eddie Jones called out Rhys Patchell ahead of the Six Nations clash

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Eddie Jones referred to as out Rhys Patchell ahead of the Six Nations clash

I by no means noticed something as loopy as that once I was a participant however I want I had.

As a participant there’s a hazard that each one the trash-speak can monopolise your focus. However it’s a must to engross your self within the element and preparation of your personal recreation all through the week, not the mud-slinging.

Now I’m retired, I can absolutely immerse myself within the headlines.

And I do know I’ll nonetheless really feel that adrenaline pumping come kick-off.

In case you stay over the Severn Bridge, you’ll have been speaking about this recreation all week, too.

Rugby is the No 1 sport in Wales —  simply look the place their nationwide stadium is within the coronary heart of Cardiff.

 Sam Simmonds, Alec Hepburn and Harry WIlliams celebrate after scoring a try against Italy

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Sam Simmonds, Alec Hepburn and Harry WIlliams rejoice after scoring a attempt towards Italy

The sport is in everybody’s hearts and it’s within the blood of each man, lady and baby.

This rivalry all the time has that additional bit of niggle, that takes it up a notch from the opposite House Nations battles.

That is the one recreation that hurts a lot to lose and means a lot to win.

Look at current historical past —  2015 and the World Cup,  to 2013 when Warren Gatland’s boys slammed the Six Nations and hammered England 30-three.

And let’s not overlook it took a 77th-minute winner for England and winger Elliot Daly in Cardiff final yr.

And although I solely performed Wales as soon as, it was a recreation full of spice. Like this one, it was straight after a Lions tour.

 Eddie Jones looks on as his forwards warm up at Twickenham

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Eddie Jones seems to be on as his forwards heat up at Twickenham

In 2010, I used to be up towards my previous roommate Alun Wyn, one of my greatest mates from that tour Jamie Roberts and  my largest rival for that prized  Lions No  eleven shirt, Shane Williams.

I knew their  characters and personalities.

I knew how one can  get to them. I knew the best way Williams and Lee Byrne favored to step and the way they carried the ball.

You decide up on these triggers and how you can push their buttons.

That eternal unbreakable Lions bond and respect you could have for each other is exclusive.

However, come the Six Nations, that’s within the bin for eighty minutes.

This era of English Lions gamers now know their rival coaches Warren Gatland and Rob Howley.

 Wales fly-half Dan Biggar will the Six Nations match due to injury

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Wales fly-half Dan Biggar will the Six Nations match because of damage

They know the messages Gatland may have been firing into his group all week. Nothing ought to come as a shock.

Once I pulled on that Purple Rose shirt, I all the time tried to curb that enthusiasm through the week and ignore the hype.

But when you should use that outdoors emotion and that adrenalin to attempt to sharpen up a prime-class efficiency, then that’s nice.

Whether or not you’re Dan Cole and it provides you that little additional within the  scrum  or Owen  Farrell and it’s supplying you with extra chew and aggression within the deal with.

The Wales skipper Alun Wyn embodies every little thing about Wales and I adore it.

We used to have  Lawrence Dallaglio  again within the good previous days crying through the anthem.

Second-row Jones is the person who will do this for the Dragons.

 Dylan Hartley and Alec Hepburn warm up during the captain's run at Twickenham

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Dylan Hartley and Alec Hepburn heat up through the captain's run at Twickenham

I’ve a lot respect for him. He’s began  9 Lions Exams in a row and can win his 114th Wales cap at Twickenham.

However talismen like Huge Al additionally turn into targets. England will look to get to him and in the event that they do this, then they’ll take the heartbeat out of Wales.

In the identical method Gatland’s boys will look to get into Farrell, Dylan Hartley, Maro Itoje and Chris Robshaw.

In the event you can take away these totem poles then you have got half the job finished.

I consider Wales are extra  harmful coming to Twickenham off the again of a loss and with some extent to show.

After beating Scotland, it’s right down to Gats to ensure they don’t get ahead of themselves.

Ten of the 15 that began final week are Scarlets gamers and they are going to be sky-excessive.

 

 England kicked off their Six Nations campaign with a win at Italy

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England kicked off their Six Nations marketing campaign with a win at Italy

However you don’t need the keenness  boiling over. Wales’ defence coach Shaun Edwards will be sure they’re completely revved-up and that line-velocity will probably be key.

Nevertheless it’s too onerous to construct a case towards England.

A defeat in such an enormous recreation eats away at you till you will get again out on the pitch.

So, England gained’t need to lose and spend a  fortnight festering.

In case you can cut up the Royal  Household in a fixture like this then, for mere mortals like us, we’re going to be put by means of absolutely the wringer.

 

THERE is one thing particular about England vs Wales at rugby.

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