Friday , May 14 2021

Jones classifies the service meeting as "waste of time" after Underhills ruled out

Eddie Jones is considering boycotting future World Rugby meetings for coaches and judges after declaring them "waste of time".

England denied victory over New Zealand in Twickenham on Saturday after a late attempt by Sam Underhill to be ruled out of court by Judge Jerome Garces after intervention by TMO Marius Jonker.

The call against Courtney Lawes, who had downloaded TJ Perenara boxing kick to give Underhill his opportunity, was borderline and has divided his opinion.

England's head coach Eddie Jones sees meetings between referees and coaches as "waste of time" (Adam Davy / PA)

Adding England's frustration is that at last week's World Rugby-organized gathering of officials and coaches to discuss key parts of the game, the revised TMO protocol was outlined.

Among the changes is that the trial should be a decision in the field of the referee and that TMO should only be consulted on a "clear and obvious" violation, which Lawe's offside was not.

Jones refuses to condemn the officials, but insists "there is something wrong somewhere."

"I do not think I'll go to another judge's meeting in my life. It's a waste of time," Jones says.

"The judges have a hard job, tough decisions, and everything we want in rugby is consistent in decision making. We are happy to make all the decisions they make.

"But if we have a policy, we must follow them. If we do not follow them, what is the meaning of being involved in these policies and decision making?

"I'd rather accept it and continue with it. Smile at the end of the game if it does not go, know if it's going, it will not happen next time.

"It's the way you go, you either get green or you do not. I do not have any sour grapes at all about the game.

"You win a bit, you lose a little and continue with it. But there is something wrong somewhere."

George Kruis has been ruled out by the remaining two Quilter Internationsals against Japan and Australia because of a calf injury, while Manu Tuilagi is unlikely to play any role against Brave Blossoms in Twickenham on Saturday.

England is determined to avoid any threat to Tuilagi's recurring return from a lukewarm tribe after the Leicester Center laid years of injury accident behind it to doubt this fall.

"Manu has to go to absolutely 100 percent. You see these games and they become so much more physically demanding. You must be 100 percent," Jones said.

"He is another kind of athlete. He is like a racehorse who must be their absolute best to drive a mile at its best. He is a fine athlete and you must get him right.

"You can not play him when he's not right because all you do is hurt, physically and mentally."

Dylan Hartley will be available after being replaced in half-time against New Zealand because of a thumb problem, prematurely finishing his finest screen for England for some time.

"Overall, he is doing well, he can work a bit harder. More actions. More tackles, more cleanouts, more wears. He can do more of it, but he's fine, Jones said.

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