Eddie Jones looks to draw a line under offensive remarks


England could even finish as low as fifth in the table should Ireland complete the Grand Slam - but British and Irish Lions star Murray insisted Schmidt's side still expect a ferocious English performance this weekend.

England's stats made for sorry reading after their defeat in France, notably the 11 turnovers and 16 penalties conceded.

Prior to World Rugby's announcement England coach Eddie Jones defended van der Westhuizen's involvement with his side by saying: "We went through World Rugby, which is the proper channel".

"I'd probably be lying to myself if I said I saw this coming but I've prided myself on not giving up and making sure I always give myself a chance with the way I work and the way I trained".

Don Armand, who was called up by Jones, has not been selected in the side, with the back row made up of Chris Robshaw, James Haskell and Sam Simmonds. Though Jones says it'll take 18 months to correct, the Twickenham faithful will seek immediate signs of a positive progress on "Super Saturday".

Crucially, as with all good players in the crunch No10 position, it is the Leinster star's ability to make the right decision under pressure, whether to kick or pass, that has been a hallmark of his 78-cap career.

Lock Henderson missed Ireland's victory over Wales at the end of February with a hamstring problem, but returned to the bench for last Saturday's 28-8 triumph against Scotland.

"We will get that back, don't worry, we have them next year at home, we will get 'em back!" The form of Jacob Stockdale has been crucial with the winger scoring twice against Scotland to take his tally to six tries in the competition this season.

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The Irish pack has been decidedly more disciplined, conceding just six penalties in the recent win over Scotland.

Last weekend, Ireland were crowned Six Nations champions for the first time since 2015.

That being said, there is hope for England's forwards.

Ireland, the outright tip for the Six Nations, justified faith in them by wrapping up the title with a game to spare.

This could be an area which Jones looks to exploit. "They have got their own things to sort out".

World Rugby regulations bar match referees - in this case Australia's Angus Gardner - from working with competing teams in the build-up to a Test but no such prohibition exists for their assistants. Such results - coupled with a bonus-point win for Scotland - will see Gregor Townsend's men go level on points with Wales, which will bring the point differentials into play.

Lessons, therefore, should be learned, but whether England can adapt in time is another matter.

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