Warren Gatland has revealed his fury over post-match antics by England following Wales’ Six Nations win last February.
The now former Welsh coach, who stepped away from the job at the end of the recent World Cup following a twelve-year tenure, has written a new autobiography – Pride and Passion – that is being released this week.
In it he has slammed the behaviour of Eddie Jones’ beaten English following their 21-13 Principality Stadium loss nine months ago.
It is alleged that Jones’ squad attempted to make a quick getaway from the scene of their defeat rather than fulfil commercial obligations.
It’s also claimed that England had the TV screens switched off at the post-match players’ event because they had no appetite to watch a re-run of the match they had just been beaten in.
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Gatland only learned much later from WRU chairman Gareth Davies that England had wanted the TV screens blanked and he was angered by the English attitude.
Writing in the book, Gatland said: “If I’d known it at the time, I would have hit the roof. I’d had my nose rubbed in it on more than once occasion up the road in London.
“Here in Cardiff, such behaviour was suddenly deemed improper. What a joke. When you lose in rugby, you should lose well.”
The Wales v England row inside the Principality Stadium that saw fuming Warren Gatland brand them 'a joke' https://t.co/BjqwaSv5sQ
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The book review, carried on wales.online.co.uk, also referred to an incident that took place the day before Wales took on England at the 2015 World Cup.
England players Billy and Mako Vunipola had dropped by the Welsh team hotel to have a coffee with their cousin Taulupe Faletau.
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“I butted in to tell Taulupe he’d have been free to pop over to the England base in nearby Bagshot,” said Gatland, taking up the story in his book.
“At which point Mako piped up: ‘Do you think he’d have been allowed in, the way things are with us right now? There’s no fun or smiling over there’.”
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