Six Nations should consider relegation, says England's Jones

England's coach Eddie Jones takes a pre-match warm-up session ahead of the Six Nations match against Italy on 9 March 2019

England have 15 and a massive points difference advantage over the Welsh and Ireland, who are third on nine points ahead of their home game against France on Sunday.

Eddie Jones believes that the introduction of relegation and promotion to the Guinness Six Nations should be considered.

Jones remembers the pre-match tunnel bust up initiated by Ryan Wilsons's intimidation of George Ford, the wild celebrations and comments by the Scottish players after their 25-13 victory and the personal abuse the England head coach suffered from rival fans at Manchester station the following day.

Italy then stunned a capacity Twickenham crowd of over 82,000 with a well-worked score that saw Allan, breaking through a tackle by England scrum-half Ben Youngs on the blind side for a try he converted.

'To play at your home ground when you get 10,000 supporters here just for us - there's no other game they're here for - the feeling you get from them is great.

"We know that's their game of the year". [Twickenham] is nice. It's all leather patches on your sleeves and brogue shoes.

'We're just concentrating on what's in front of us, said the fly-half.

Recalling the upset and the incident, which made him swear off taking public transport, the Australian said: "We'll rip into training and be at our absolute best next week because we're going to have to be to beat Scotland". I've got to be careful though because you could easily get a knock-on. So we'll make sure the hostility is on the field.

Joe Cokanasiga was named England's man of the match against the Italians, although the giant Bath wing modestly attempted to present his medal to two-try centre Manu Tuilagi.

Jones has already began motivating his side for that clash by reminding his players that the Scottish "pulled our trousers down" with a win at Murrayfield in last year's Six Nations.

Jones also attempted to dampen the hype over Cokanasiga, after TV pundits made a passing comparison between the Fiji-born 21-year-old and the late, great New Zealand wing Jonah Lomu. This is the one game they get themselves up for. "So let's get serious about it". 'We're all part of a team that wants to bring more out of ourselves and also enjoy what we are doing. "But he's still got a lot of work to do".



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