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Eddie Jones disses Jaguares
By Raga House | Wed 10 Jul, 2019 14:07

England coach Eddie Jones has cruelly dismissed the Jaguares' Super Rugby influence on Argentina ahead of the Rugby World Cup.

The South American outfit made their first Super Rugby final on the back of an outstanding season before being outsmarted 19-3 by the champion Crusaders in Christchurch last weekend.

Many, including All Blacks coach Steve Hansen, believe the steady development of the Jaguares in the southern hemisphere provincial extravaganza will benefit Argentina's World Cup cause, especially with the side stacked with so many Pumas who will now pull on test jerseys.

But Jones, whose England team are pooled with Argentina at the World Cup in Japan, isn't buying into the hype and couldn't resist a dig at the Jaguares' selection policy.

"Do you think if England were playing Super Rugby we would be in the final? I guarantee we would be," Jones told The Rugby Paper in Britain.

"Argentina are a very good team, but [the] Jaguares doing well in Super Rugby is not enough to convince me that they are better than that.

"We will take them seriously, play them with respect. They are a good World Cup side. Traditionally they play their best in World Cups."

England play Tonga and the United States in their opening World Cup pool matches before facing Argentina and France in what could be a tricky qualification test with only the top two teams advancing to the quarter-finals.

Jones is under pressure to deliver on his big assignment after four years of rebuilding the dented England machine that failed to emerge from pool play as hosts in 2015.

In contrast, Argentina made the semifinals at the last tournament and, with the support of Sanzaar, appear to have made significant gains since then.

-Stuff Rugby

Raga House
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