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Six Nations: Ireland’s “dark arts” don’t scare England because Eddie Jones insists his side can handle it

The “dark art” of Ireland does not scare England, because Eddie Jones insists that his party can take on any team in the world as they prepare for a confrontation in a Six Nations confrontation at Twickenham

  • England is not concerned with Irish ‘dark art’, says Eddie Jones
  • The two teams meet at Twickenham on Sunday as part of the 2020 Six Nations
  • Jones said he believes in his back three against every other team in world rugby

Eddie Jones insists that England is ready for all the shocking attacks and “dark arts” that Ireland could bring to Twickenham on Sunday.

During the Joe Schmidt era, Ireland was known for playing the backfield with high balls from Johnny Sexton and Conor Murray.

It’s an area where England has been struggling, but Jones claims that his three backs – probably Jonny May, Elliot Daly and George Furbank – are now ready to tackle anything that comes their way.

'Dark arts', used by Ireland, brings no fear to England, head coach Eddie Jones insists

‘Dark arts’, used by Ireland, brings no fear to England, head coach Eddie Jones insists

The coach of England believes that his side “is not afraid of the game” for Sunday’s game

“We support our back three in that area against every team,” Jones said.

“Ireland has developed skills to be good from an early age. They probably play Gaelic football from the age of five. But that is an area where we are proud to be pretty good at it, so we are not afraid of the competition. “

With Jack Nowell and Anthony Watson injured, England have limited three-back options in their squad. But Jones wanted to emphasize the recent improvements in May – amid speculation the wing might be clubless next season.

“He’s one of the most dedicated rugby players I’ve coached,” said Jones. ‘He is so focused on getting better. He not only improved his speed, he improved his ability to fly in the air and he keeps getting better. We haven’t seen the best of him yet. “

Jonny May (center) is likely to be busy on Twickenham as part of England's back-three

Jonny May (center) is likely to be busy on Twickenham as part of England's back-three

Jonny May (center) is likely to be busy on Twickenham as part of England’s back-three

An important part of the success of Ireland in these Six Nations is the tight Tadhg Furlong

An important part of the success of Ireland in these Six Nations is the tight Tadhg Furlong

An important part of the success of Ireland in these Six Nations is the tight Tadhg Furlong

England beat Ireland twice last year, but they are entering the Sunday test without Mako Vunipola.

They will face a scrum anchored by Tadhg Furlong, who was accused of cheating during last week’s win over Wales by destabilizing the set with illegal body angles.

Jones, however, is convinced that Joe Marler and Ellis Genge will be ready for anything that evokes the figurehead.

“We’re lucky to be blessed with two excellent loose hanging props in Joe and Ellis, so we can recover from Mako’s loss,” Jones said. “The scrum is the place for dark art. What one person sees as good, another sees as wrong. The Welsh have a right to their opinion. We will formulate ours and let the referee decide the verdict. “

A large part of England’s plan will be determined by who starts with a whore.

Luke Cowan-Dickie, who has appeared from the bank 19 times, insisted on his first Six Nations start against Scotland, but missed the game for the birth of his child. Now he is fighting again to be selected for Jamie George – and hours have been spent studying images of Ireland’s most dangerous man.

Joe Marler will be one of the players in English colors who must keep Furlong quiet

Joe Marler will be one of the players in English colors who must keep Furlong quiet

Joe Marler will be one of the players in English colors who must keep Furlong quiet

“Tadgh Furlong is probably one of the best in the world right now,” said Cowan-Dickie. ‘You could call it dark art or cheating, but you just want to move forward.

“Some heads get away with certain things, some loose heads get away with things. Run around the corner, roll in. Scrum-wise we focus on ourselves and the speed of involvement and pursuit after the hit. If the coaches want to mark something, they will do so. “

England has appointed a 27-person team on Wednesday-evening to prepare for Sunday’s test, including centers Manu Tuilagi and Henry Slade after injury recovery. Ireland retains the starting XV that defeated Wales.

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