Eddie Jones backs Owen Farrell to avoid citing

Springboks fans are some of the most passionate in the world

Springboks fans are some of the most passionate in the world

England's head coach insists Owen Farrell's controversial injury-time tackle on Andre Esterhuizen in the 12-11 victory over South Africa on Saturday highlights the pressure officials are under.

England have not played reigning world champions New Zealand since 2014 and next week's showdown has been eagerly anticipated ahead of next year's World Cup in Japan.

"If you add to the mix the elusive brilliance of Beauden Barrett and Ben Smith, as well as the finishing prowess of Rieko Ioane, there is an argument to be made that, for once, England would do better not to turn up".

With Curry highly unlikely to recover by the weekend, Jones said Sam Underhill and Mark Wilson are next in line to wear the No 7 jersey.

As England's win over South Africa in their opening Quilter International, Eddie Jones' side are now preparing for New Zealand at Twickenham Stadium on Saturday.

Jones started Owen Farrell at fly-half for just the third time under his stewardship but when it came to describing how the 10-12-13 axis performed against the Springboks, Jones was less complimentary, "Very rusty, as you'd expect with three training runs".

"The most important thing is what we do next", Jones answered. We managed to go into half-time to be in a position where we could still win the game and I'm really pleased with the way the players stuck at it.

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After reviewing footage of the incident, referee Angus Gardner deemed the tackle fair, denying South Africa a kickable penalty to win the game.

"He's had some success against New Zealand in the past, but hopefully he doesn't get any on Saturday". We're a bloody good team.

He said: "We know they're going to have an ideal preparation for the game; they'll be up for the game". Because you want to sack me?

"If you're good enough to take that away from them then you've got to be good enough to score points".

"First and foremost, you've got to have some form of relationship that allows you to get on with each other".

Jones said, "We're not the Springboks".

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