Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Forget Eddie's Fake News, but Players Will Get Message; Dan Jones Read His Column Every Tuesday@dgjones

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Forget Eddie's Fake News, but Players Will Get Message; Dan Jones Read His Column Every Tuesday@dgjones

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Byline: Dan Jones

THE "Sven" River, as Eddie Jones calls it, is not a difficult thing to cross. Where the estuary divides England from South Wales you will find two excellent motorway bridges and a railway tunnel.

If you had the will, the technique and a couple of tubs of goose fat you could even swim, hopping in at Weston-super-Mare and washing up at Barry Island for a donkey ride and a go on the dodgems.

Getting to Wales is easy.

It's being there that's hard.

Ahead of England's Six Nations visit to Cardiff this Saturday, Jones called his side's record there "horrendous" and wondered if players were "petrified" of the trip. He says England's "40 per cent" win record is not to his liking; nor is the suspicion that English teams flake when they hear the first strains of Sosban Fach.

This is ridiculous, Jones suggested, because as far as he can see the Principality Stadium is "just another ground". In other words: block out the atmosphere and there should be nothing to worry about in Cardiff.

Jones (below) has half a point, though he is also playing games. In part, he is goading the Welsh, who do not take much goading.

m impor More importantly, he is asking his own side to show him what they're made of. Are you really going to be the best team in the world or just the same old arrogant England they all love to hate? wha y th j E hate Statistica gamesm E Statistical gamesmanship first.

histor thei 19ta wTpt. While England do have a poor overall history in Wales (their all-time win ratio since the 19th century is actually 21 wins in 61 Tests, or 34 per cent), their record since 1999, when the Welsh moved into Just Another Stadium is actually dead even. There have been 10 Wales-England meetings there and each has won five. So, since the turn of the si wh mov Ecentury, England have a 50 per cent win ratio there. …

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