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World Rugby backs referee Poite over England v Italy ruck debate

World Rugby backs referee Poite over England v Italy ruck debate

Eddie Jones was furious with the tactics and called for World Rugby to revise the laws, and it is understood the sport's global governing body is assessing whether it needs to act.

And World Rugby have backed referee Romain Poite after he was criticised by Jones for his approach to Italy's tactics.

But O'Shea told Tuesday's London Evening Standard: "It shouldn't be done during the season and it shouldn't be a knee-jerk reaction because of one game". Will it be amended? "I think you could see out there the frustration from the players, the fans and the coaches".

"What riled me is that when England beat South Africa last year then it's brilliant and when we beat them last year everyone says they are rubbish".

"I just want to end with a word on Owen Farrell who will win his 50 cap this weekend".

"People talk about David versus Goliath well it wasn't in a normal fist fight that David won".

It worked nearly to perfection in the opening period as Jones' side was left confused and trailed 10-5 at the break, before an assured second-half display saw it run in five more tries to move three points clear of Ireland and make it three wins from three in its quest for a second consecutive Grand Slam.

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On Friday, however, as I approached the booth after finishing class, I saw that my poster had been torn up. "We call on all artists and academics not to become an accessory to Israel's attempts at rebranding".

Angry England coach Eddie Jones blasted: "If that's rugby, I'm going to retire" and said the crowd should ask for their money back.

"We knew where our weaknesses were and we added to the match", said O'Shea. While the England camp might feel a little sheepish over their initial inability to deal with their opponents, they rumble on towards another grand slam title, with no damage done.

"All we did was do something that has been done a lot and it wasn't new".

Despite struggling to match the resources of other Six Nations countries, O'Shea is confident Italy can make real strides before the 2019 World Cup in Japan to head off further claims that Georgia deserve the chance to take their place in the championship.

Ireland have previously refused to engage in lineout mauls to fine effect under Joe Schmidt, and O'Brien's solution to England's Italy conundrum would have been to produce a series of pick-and-go drives to clear the Azzurri's blocking tactics. No rugby is going to be played, it is going to be very, very hard to get any momentum and phases in attack if teams do that.

"I don't think that sort of stuff happening is good for the game".

The Italians - huge underdogs for the game - held a halftime lead at Twickenham for the first time after confusing England by not contesting the breakdown, freeing their players to get beyond the usual ruck line and block any passes behind the tackle area. Venter is set to be given the same role with South Africa this summer but O'Shea insists the former Saracens director of rugby remains a key member of their staff. We've experienced it against us a couple of times, but only once or twice in certain games.


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