England coach slams Wales captain ahead of Six Nations clash

Glen Mclaughlin
February 10, 2018

"I think anyone wearing the number 10 jersey, they are going to expect to be put under pressure, so nothing changes there", Wales assistant coach Robin McBryde said.

He also questioned whether Wales first-five Rhys Patchell has the temperament to handle a high-octane occasion and being targeted by a strong-arm England defence.

He has been given his chance in the absence of the injured Dan Biggar and Rhys Priestland and is one of seven players in Warren Gatland's team who have never played an worldwide at Twickenham.

"More importantly, Pascal at the time, had no issue or no issue after the game". They couldn't cope with the expectation and now he's got to cope with the expectation of playing well.

"People forget that Rhys Patchell has been in the squad for a good few years now", Jones said.

Although it did not affect the result, with Wales winning 34-7, points difference could yet play a role in the destiny of the Championship.

Eddie Jones took his namesake to task by accusing him of failing to "respect the integrity of the referee" in Wales's opening game against Scotland.

The Australian's claim that Scarlets No 10 Patchell will face a considerably more challenging afternoon's work at Twickenham than he did against an underwhelming Scotland outfit was more a case of stating the obvious than any cynical attempt to undermine a young player's confidence.

"He would probably like a few more caps, as would others in among it, but he has experience of being round the camp".

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"It is a step up, nobody's going to deny that".

"We've been sponsored by a well-known brewery for a long time, so there's plenty of bottle there", he joked.

"It's easy to play when the ball is on the front foot and going from side to side", Eddie Jones said.

But Jones said Joseph's sheer speed would provide Patchell with a tougher test.

'Rugby prides itself on respect for referees but it equally prides itself on respect for the opposition, which Eddie seems to have forgotten'. That's the pressure that is professional sport, whatever sport that may be. "But it's amusing, last week I was asked the question about being the underdog at home [v Scotland], nobody's even asked that this week because it's already assumed or presumed". No-one's asked that question because it's already presumed or assumed. While doing so, it is also important that we don't over-sanitise the lines of communication and refuse to allow leaders to express themselves. The focus falls on us now.

With rain forecast around south west London on Saturday the storm clouds are gathering in every sense.

Outside centre Joseph and scrum-half Danny Care, in for the injured Ben Youngs, are the only two changes to the run-on XV that launched England's Six Nations title defense with a 46-15 win away to Italy on Sunday - a match where they both starred off the bench.

It is building up to be some game.

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