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Scotland fans fire back at Eddie Jones over his 'no sympathy' jibe

England head coach Eddie Jones has not ingratiated himself with Scotland fans with his latest comments about Typhoon Hagibis. 

Scotland face Japan this Sunday in Yokohama in a pivotal encounter that will decide the fate of both teams at the World Cup, but the game is at risk due to the super typhoon that is working its way towards Japan. 

England’s game with France has already been cancelled, as has the All Blacks’ contest with Italy. England, France and the All Blacks have already qualified for the quarter-finals, and Jones, as well as Steve Hansen, have suggested that Scotland have found themselves in this position because they have not won all their games. 

Adverse weather was always a possibility in Japan and that is why both coaches have explained that it was important to accumulate points when they could. 

The vocal Australian has never been popular north of the border and these latest comments have not helped, as he has received a scathing response from fans on social media.

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Scotland were comfortably beaten 27-3 by Ireland – ranked world No1 going into the RWC – in their opening match and they have since been fighting to remain in the tournament. 

Fans have said that some teams did not have the luxury that England did of playing slightly weaker sides in the USA and Tonga in their opening two matches. Conversely, this does not apply to Hansen, as the All Blacks played South Africa in the opening game of the tournament and won. 

It is the fact that England have had fairly fortuitous scheduling that has allowed Jones to pass these comments, which has annoyed many fans. 

What has perhaps provoked the ire and fans the most on Twitter is that Jones’ rhetoric would be vastly different had England found themselves in this situation. This is what has been said: 

After the calamitous start to the tournament against Ireland, Scotland have regrouped and earned two bonus point victories against Samoa and Russia, looking particularly impressive in their most recent outing. 

Japan have not lost yet in the RWC, which makes Sunday’s encounter so engrossing. It would be a bitter disappointment for all rugby fans if the game was cancelled, but these are obviously unique circumstances. This entire situation would not have left Scotland fans happy – and Jones’ comments have not helped. 

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Scotland fans fire back at Eddie Jones over his 'no sympathy' jibe