Wales head coach Warren Gatland fears the threat that England could pose during the 2016 RBS Six Nations; describing Eddie Jones’s side as an “unknown quantity” who could challenge for the title.
Jones took on the role in the December, becoming England Rugby’s first ever foreign head coach, after a disastrous World Cup campaign which saw the hosts exit at the group stage.
Gatland was one of the architects of England’s infamous downfall in their home World Cup, as his Wales side produced a stunning late comeback to beat England 28-25. But the Kiwi coach knows that he will face a very different side during the Six Nations.
Twickenham see’s the return of one of sport’s biggest grudge matches with England v Wales -Saturday 12th March 2016. Both line-ups are likely to feature several players who played in that famous group match; with the England stars desperate to make amends and give the Twickenham crowd something to cheer about.
The fourth round matchup could go a long way towards deciding the fate of the Six Nations title.
Gatland praises Jones ahead of Six Nations
Ahead of the tournament Gatland told Sky Sports: “I think Eddie Jones will do a really good job. Always with a new coach coming in it will have an impact on players,” he said.
“You have to be motivated as players to impress the coaching staff. In recent years they have been close in terms of winning the title.
“They will come a bit under the radar, an unknown quantity. I think it will be a really open tournament. Eddie can build on the really good foundations laid by Stuart Lancaster to go forward.”
The matchup between these two world-class coaches will be fascinating, both are experienced and shrewd operators when it comes to the tactical side of the game. Jones has already said that he wants to make England the most dominant side in world rugby.
The decision to make Dylan Hartley the captain is a clear indication that England want a pack that can outmuscle and overpower their opponents both in the loose and at the set-piece.
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