Telfer in massive Jones rant

Mon, 30 Jan 2017 20:40

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Scotland great Jim Telfer blasted England coach Eddie Jones for acting the "big man".

Ahead of this weekend's start of the Six Nations Championship, former international back row forward Telfer was also witheringly critical of England fans.

Telfer also dismissed England's headquarters ground in the southwest London suburb of Twickenham - where Scotland have not won since 1983 - as a "concrete jungle", saying an afternoon there strengthened the case for Scottish independence.

"Eddie Jones doesn't want to beat teams, he wants to demolish them, which I find a bit disappointing," Telfer said as he gave his view on the Australian's approach.

"To me he's building his whole team on set-piece and the building of the attack comes secondary," Telfer, Scotland's coach when they last won the Championship in 1999, added.

"Having coached Australia and Japan you would have thought the opposite would be the case," insisted the former British and Irish Lions assistant coach.

"The way he speaks, he wants to be the big man, you know?

"His [Jones's] goal is to win the World Cup in 2019 and so far it's gone well, but I think he could be a little more circumspect, show a bit more respect for the opposition.

"He doesn't seem to show much respect and it could come back to bite him."

As for Twickenham, Telfer added: "Twickenham I find intimidating. The whole atmosphere is intimidating, there's so many of them, three tiers of them.

"If you ever think about wanting separation [for Scotland] from England just sit 10 minutes in Twickenham and listen to them.

"They [the England fans] think they're superior and a lot of them will come from the south-east, bags of money and bags of this and bags of that. They don't really appreciate the other team.

"In France they just boo the other team, in Argentina they boo the other team, in England it's just disdain - 'Why are we playing these plebs?'.

"I don't like Twickenham; a concrete jungle, nothing attractive about it at all."

Grand Slam champions England begin the defence of their Six Nations title at home to France on Saturday, when Scotland face Ireland.

England and Scotland meet in the latest edition of international rugby union's oldest fixture, with a history dating back to 1871, in the fourth round of the Six Nations at Twickenham on March 11.

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