Italy coach happy they caught England off-guard

England Rugby squad update

For all the frustration he felt with Italy's approach on Sunday, Jones - yet to lose a match as England coach after he was appointed following the team's first-round exit at the 2015 World Cup - had no complaints about his side's position.

Conor O'Shea has managed to change his reputation with a single 80 minute performance after England scrum-half Danny Care claimed Italy's "no-ruck" tactics had seen him go "from being the most attacking man in rugby to the most negative".

Ben Ryan, who as coach of England Sevens pioneered the "no-ruck" ploy in the abbreviated form of the game back in 2012, said he'd been stunned by Jones' fury.

"I can't answer questions on rugby because there wasn't any today".

"I understand what Italy did and I'm not angry with what they did, I just don't think it's rugby".

"If New Zealand or one of the big boys had come up with it in a big game, we would be hailing a tactical master-stroke", he wrote for the Daily Mail.

The source said: "We are constantly reviewing the laws of the game".

Owens said it is a referee's job to educate squads on any changes to the rule and the Welshman is confident the England team would have been up to speed on the ruck laws.

"I guess I probably think of leadership - the key to me about leadership is you create a fantastic vibe but you are never the vibe yourself", Wessels continued. "But we were legal and we played to the law". "You haven't seen a game of rugby".

Then as the first half drew to a close Allan hit the post with his penalty kick but Venditti was first to react to the bouncing ball and stormed over the try line to give Italy the lead.

Eddie Jones' Grand Slam-chasing side got to grips with the chaos after half-time and eventually ran out comfortable 36-15 winners, but at one point James Haskell could be heard asking referee Romain Poite for clarification on how England might counter Italy's approach.

Woodward suggested the England struggles in this match would galvanise Jones' side for their clash with Scotland in a fortnight - a game where England can equal the All Blacks' record of 18 consecutive test wins at tier one level.

"We need to push ourselves in training, get ourselves in a good spot, and get our house in order to go into the game with Scotland as well prepared as we can", he added.

"You just watched Trevor Chappell [who bowled underarm in a one-day worldwide to ensure New Zealand could not hit a six off the final ball] rugby".

The England team were clearly naive to the offside rule and therefore wanted to know exactly what the rule was. It is called a test match for a reason and we have been tested and you always want to learn. "There's no rugby going to be played. If we had said to our players "fellas, charge over the trenches again and do the same thing" then we'd get the same result". We're going to have a hard contest.

But the man who pioneered the tactic accused Jones of being "rude", while World Rugby said Frenchman Poite and his colleagues had "officiated law correctly". "Hopefully we've earned a bit of respect here".



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