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.
England's Eddie Jones has no sympathy for the tricky situation Scotland find themselves in this weekendhttps://t.co/IocjIpwGVI
— RugbyPass (@RugbyPass) October 10, 2019
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:
Wow wot a prick, everyone else is concentrating on how unfair it would be if it does happen, yet you come out with a stupid comment like this. You do realise better "Englishmen" than yourself are in Scotlands side keep your opinions to yourself ya muppet https://t.co/rFPqNhGGIs
— morag brown??????? (@morag_) October 10, 2019
Eddie Jones says if Scotland is eliminated because of cancelled game it's their own fault. Saw him on Sky delighted England have extra rest time because their game is off. He's a snide individual and although Aussie well suited as England coach as he's got their arrogance.
— David Scott#gersforindy (@DavidS1947) October 11, 2019
As a Scots fan, the Eddie Jones comments have angered me beyond belief. Tonga, USA, Argentina. If England hadn't come away with 3 BP wins from 3 there'd have been so many questions asked. Try having a world no.1 team as a pool opener. Even Eng would struggle…
— Ruaraidh Britton (@RuaraidhB) October 10, 2019
Eddie Jones: ‘it’s Scotland’s fault if the weather puts then out of the world cup’
Scottish rugby players: pic.twitter.com/cI7hFa5og2
— A beard with an idiot hanging off it (@Tam_The_Jambo) October 10, 2019
@EnglandRugby Typical trash talk from the dickhead that is Eddie Jones. We all know that if it was England in Scotland’s position the incompetent idiots that are @WorldRugby would move heaven an earth to get the match played. #RWC2019
— David Douglas (@DavidDouglasH) October 11, 2019
Funny that the coaches happiest with @WorldRugby s corruption at @rugbyworldcup are those that benefit most from the disgusting decisions to cancel games, @AllBlacks coach Steve Hansen and the serial gobshite Eddie Jones, they now get a nice long break #disgrace
— Tom McClure (@airman614) October 11, 2019
Eddie Jones reputation as a knob remains
— JP Lavery (@the_baroudeur) October 11, 2019
Just when you think Eddie Jones couldn't possibly be a bigger tosser then – boom! Hansen equally so. I hope for the integrity of #RWC2019 this Typhoon does a right turn and heads straight for Eddie Jones's location.
— ???????Cameron?? (@C4mrin) October 11, 2019
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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