ADVERTISEMENT
RugbyDump
REGISTER
LOGIN
ADVERTISEMENT
RugbyDump
Friday Jan 31, 2020

Jones and Galthié go head-to-head in the media while SQUIDGE weighs in ahead of 'Le Crunch'

This weekend’s 6 Nations clash between France and England is perhaps the most eagerly anticipated in recent years, and the two coaching set-ups have been firing missiles towards the other ahead of “Le Crunch”.

ADVERTISEMENT

England head coach Eddie Jones kicked things off in typical Eddie Jones fashion by claiming that France’s vastly changed squad may already be on the back foot due to their lack of physical tests at club and age level.

Jones said: “Test match rugby requires experience and France have decided not to take experience in, they’ve gone with youth. And they might be wrong, they might be right.

“We don’t know but it’s going to test those young players because they will have never have played against a brutal physicality and intensity that we are going to play with on Sunday.”

When quizzed about this in their own press conference, French coaches Fabien Galthié and Raphaël Ibañez not only refuted Jones’ claims but hit back in style.

“On this concept of physical violence, it’s…interesting,” Ibañez told French media.

“But we must remember that the English coach and us have one thing in common, we’re all in the stands. And it’s very easy to say things [like that] when you are in the stands.”

ADVERTISEMENT

Galthié was equally unfazed by Jones’ teasing and added: “we’ve been in rugby for nearly 30 years and we are used to hearing these sorts of little phrases. They have promised physicality and it’s up to them to keep that [promise].”

RELATED: The French rugby team have selected an incredible backline that could defeat England

All talk?

There’s no doubt that a lot of what Jones says in his press conferences is delivered with the intention of causing a stir, whether for the opposition, the media or simply for Jones’ own enjoyment. But there is something in what he says about the inexperience, if not the physicality element.

Anyone who has watched a second division French league (Pro D2) or even a lower league Féderale match will testify that physicality is definitely not lacking for most players. But the cut and thrust of international Test rugby is the part that is missing from the new squad.

That’s not to say that the French are not ready, and a lot of what Galthié and Ibañez reiterate in their dealings with the press focuses on the development of the youth ahead of their own World Cup in 2023.

England on the other hand, experienced the same thing back in 2012 when Stuart Lancaster rang wholesale changes to the previous 2011 World Cup squad, giving the likes of Owen Farrell, Billy Vunipola and Chris Robshaw the opportunity to develop.

ADVERTISEMENT

France is however, a different kettle of fish of course, but as Squidge Rugby brilliantly explains in this video below, 2020 could well be a turning point.

Related Articles

  • 8 WEEKS AGO

    Montage of HUGE hits and brilliant tries...

  • 8 WEEKS AGO

    Ellis Genge puts on his boxing gloves ready...

  • 8 WEEKS AGO

    Crazy scenes as player deliberately kicks...



ADVERTISEMENT

Great Tries

  • 5 DAYS AGO

    Carlos Spencer Proves Why He Is Rugby's Greatest Ever Magician

  • 6 WEEKS AGO

    Jero De La Fuente pulls Hamstring and uses it to score incredible try

  • 6 WEEKS AGO

    Waisale Serevi: The greatest sevens player ever

  • 6 WEEKS AGO

    David Campese: The Aussie all time great

  • 7 WEEKS AGO

    The man who once raced a Cheetah: Bryan Habana

View All

Big Hits & Dirty Play

  • 1 DAY AGO

    Controversial Etzebeth Incident Still Being Debated

  • 2 DAYS AGO

    Juan Imhoff Takes Full Power Frans Steyn Kick To The Face

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    Springbok Fans Left Reeling At Officiating Despite Convincing Win

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    Bundee Aki Shown Red Following Ludicrous Challenge

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    The Latest Tuilagi Has Just Made His Top14 Debut And Is A MONSTER

View All

See It To Believe It

  • 2 DAYS AGO

    Harlequins fans furious at refereeing decision that gives Exeter the win

  • 5 DAYS AGO

    Carlos Spencer Proves Why He Is Rugby's Greatest Ever Magician

  • 6 DAYS AGO

    Worcester name 41-year-old academy coach in tonight's premiership cup clash

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Crazy refereeing decision leads to All Blacks win

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    Speculation rife after apparent handshake snub in All Blacks coaching box

View All

Funnies

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    John Smit Shares Epic Bakkies Botha Story Highlighting Why Opponents Feared Him

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Heart-warming drop goal competition between Foster and Reece goes viral

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Hilarious Streaker Tries To Distract Sharp Shooting Goal Kicker

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Throwback To The Wildest Conversion In Rugby History

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    "I'd Beat Him" Quade Cooper Speaks Out On Potential Jake Paul Fight

View All

Amateur

  • 8 WEEKS AGO

    Dubious Score Decides Result Of Rugby's Biggest Schools Fixture

  • 8 WEEKS AGO

    Incredible Scenes At School Boys Rugby Match

  • 9 WEEKS AGO

    The Next Dominant Backrow?

  • 9 WEEKS AGO

    Hilarious Club House Antics Shows Rugby Spirit

  • 14 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: South African Schools Rugby Is On Fire

View All

Player Features

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    Joe Simmonds addresses lack of form in honest interview

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Rugby great Eddie Butler sadly passes away

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Graham Rowntree reacts to missing out on 2003 world cup in fascinating video

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Official: Christian Wade signs for French club

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    Etzebeth proves to be rugby's biggest thug once again

View All