Ireland dismiss 'United Nations' jibe from England coach Eddie Jones

  • Kicking coach Richie Murphy says Jones is playing ‘games’
  • Andrew Porter’s scrummaging technique also questioned

Ireland have hit back at Eddie Jones’s “games” after the England coach took aim at their scrum and described their squad as the “United Nations”. Jones was referencing the five southern hemisphere-born players in Ireland’s starting lineup at Twickenham on Saturday and raised Andrew Porter’s “unusual” scrummaging technique.

Andy Farrell has selected three New Zealand-born players – Bundee Aki, James Lowe and Jamison Gibson-Park – and two from South Africa – CJ Stander and Quinn Roux – in his starting XV. All five are eligible to play for Ireland having qualified via World Rugby’s residency rules. Jones has taken advantage of those regulations himself but when it was put to him that Farrell’s side had been labelled the “Irish Barbarians”, Jones replied: “I heard someone calling them the United Nations, so I had a little chuckle. I can understand how Irish people would be upset about Irish-born players missing out, but they are the laws and regulations of international rugby. They are just sticking by the regulations.”

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