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Eddie Jones announces self-imposed media blackout ahead of Wales game

Eddie Jones is planning to cut down on his media commitments
Image: Eddie Jones is planning to cut down on his media commitments

England coach Eddie Jones has announced that he is banning himself from talking to the media until the eve of the huge game against Wales on 12 March.

Jones has taken the decision after provoking an outcry in the build-up to Saturday's win over Ireland with comments he made about Ireland fly-half Johnny Sexton.

The Aussie implied that the England team might 'target' Sexton and said the Irishman's parents "would be worried" about a whiplash injury the player suffered against France.

England went on to win the match 21-10 and are now three-fifths of the way to claiming a Grand Slam in their first RBS Six Nations under new coach Jones.

But Jones was condemned for his pre-match comments and says he will be keeping quiet ahead of the crucial clash with Wales at Twickenham, which could decide the destination of the title.

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"From this press conference onwards I'm putting a media ban on myself," said Jones when he spoke to the media after the Ireland game.

"I don't want to do any scaremongering or do anything that offends the media or offends people's parents.

"From now until next Friday before the Wales game I'm not talking to the media. So no one will have to worry about scaremongering and all that type of thing.

Ireland fly-half Jonathan Sexton leaves the pitch due to injury against France
Image: Jones caused controversy with the comments he made about Jonathan Sexton's injuries

"Mate, if I don't say anything you come away from the press conference and say it's boring. If I say something, I'm scaremongering. I can't win, so the easiest way is that I don't come to the media conference.

"I will leave that to [Wales coach] Warren Gatland, he's pretty good at it."

Asked if he regretted the quote about Sexton's parents, Jones replied: "I don't regret anything. Why would I regret it? Ireland said he had whiplash injuries, not me.

"It's a sideshow, it's finished. The main event is over, we're not talking about the sideshow any more."

Mike Brown of England dives over to score his team's second try during the RBS Six Nations match between England and Ireland
Image: Mike Brown of England dives over to score his team's second try against Ireland

Second-half tries from Anthony Watson and Mike Brown proved decisive as England won their first match at Twickenham under Jones.

And the coach was pleased with the overall performance, although he felt a more clinical side would have won by a larger margin.

"Ireland are the incumbent Six Nations champions, so we expected a tough game," he said. "We left 10-15 points out there in the first half. The structure of our attack was excellent, but the finishing wasn't.

"This was a decent step up. We needed to get a few things right technically. If we came off 30-10 winners we would be saying that was one of our most impressive performances of all time."

Asked if he thought a Grand Slam was on the cards, Jones replied: "I'm still trying to work out what a Grand Slam is! All we want to do is beat Wales in two weeks."

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