Eddie Jones

Eddie Jones fires the verbal barbs

The fiery Australian has taken aim at the world champions and the New Zealand media, and even thrown out some conspiracy theories worthy of a James Bond film.

England coach Eddie Jones rarely misses an opportunity to stir up the opposition and he's adamant all the pressure is all on the All Blacks.

"No one thinks we can win, there's no pressure on us, we're going to relax and have a great week," he told a news conference.

England’s true believers not fazed by greatest test yet

New Zealand are attempting to make history by winning a third successive Rugby World Cup title, but Jones sees Saturday's semi-final clash in Yokohama as an opportunity for England to cause a major upset.

He believes the talent that convinced him to take the job is starting to shine, as the 40-16 last-eight win over Australia proved.

"I saw a team that could be great and that was the challenge, and they are starting to believe it," Jones said.

Scotland have only themselves to blame if Super Typhoon Hagibis knocks them out of RWC

The Scots will miss out on the quarter-finals if their match against hosts Japan in Yokohama on Sunday suffers the same fate as England’s clash with France and New Zealand’s game against Italy and is cancelled due to the approaching cyclone.

But Jones has limited sympathy for Gregor Townsend’s men given that all teams knew the potential for extreme weather events to intervene, highlighting the need to take them out of the equation.

England boss Jones grateful for 'Fergie time'

It took until the 77th minute to deliver the fourth try through Luke Cowan-Dickie that sealed a 35-3 win at the Sapporo Dome, but a laboured performance left plenty of areas for improvement.

Eddie Jones capitalising on England's World Cup with series of Japanese commercial deals

The latest in a string of endorsements is evident in Sapporo, the host city for England’s tournament opener against Tonga on Sunday.

Posters display Jones in a blazer and open-neck white shirt, sat at a table on which sits a bottle of Japanese gin named ‘Roku’. Headlining the poster is the phrase ‘Eddie Recommend’. Roku gin is a part of brewing and distilling company Suntory, who are owners of the Sungoliath club that participates in the nation’s professional league.

Jones happy with eager England

the "serious preparation" for their Rugby World Cup opener.

The 2003 winners are set up at a training base in Miyazaki ahead of this year's tournament, though the 31-man squad have been given the chance to do a variety of other activities before the focus switches back to rugby.

They visited a local school during the week, with some players trying their hand at archery, while Jones has allowed them the opportunity to relax as they settle into their new surroundings.

England fans exasperated by Vunipola's status as the only player to start all four warm-up games

 The England coaching team have defended their over-reliance on Vunipola, saying the No8 needs to play regularly as he gets better with every game despite fears from fans of fatigue and injury. 

The Saracens star has had his fair share of injury troubles over the past couple of seasons, particularly with his knees and breaking an arm on multiple occasions. 

With England’s World Cup campaign starting less than three weeks, England fans on social media cannot understand why he is still being played. 

Defiant Jones confident of upturn in England fortunes

The RFU gave head coach Jones their backing after an ill-disciplined England squandered a 12-0 lead to lose the second Test - and the series - 23-12 against South Africa in Bloemfontein on Saturday.

Jones has come in for criticism after three consecutive Six Nations defeats were followed by two against the Springboks, also losing to the Barbarians before embarking for their tour.

The defiant Australian is confident the tide will turn with the World Cup to come in Japan next year.

Jones feeling the heat

Former Wallabies coach Jones's side raced to a 12-0 lead in Bloemfontein on Saturday before the Springboks got into the game and over-ran them 23-12 to secure the series.

It's the second week in a row England have let a lead slip, with South Africa coming back to win 42-39 in Johannesburg.

The defeat on Saturday was the sixth overall on the trot for England, who also lost to the Barbarians before they left for South Africa.

Jones defends training approach

Ben Te'o is the latest England star to be hurt on international duty after the Worcester centre aggravated a thigh problem when performing a weights session last week.

Te'o first sustained the injury while playing for England during this year's Six Nations tournament.

It raises the number of casualties during Jones' England camps to 15.

Five of those are Bath players and the Premiership club's owner Bruce Craig has slammed Jones, saying the injuries are "totally unacceptable".