Six Nations 2021: Jones says England will not fall for Wyn Jones’ tricks again after Marler ‘tackle grab’ controversy

ENGLAND claim they will NOT drop a b****** in Cardiff and fall victim to Alun Wyn Jones’ wind-up tactics again.

In last year’s Six Nations, Joe Marler copped a ten-week ban for bizarrely grabbing Dragons skipper Jones by his tackle.

Then in 2019 Kyle Sinckler was targeted as an “emotional time bomb” by Warren Gatland, before Big Al spent 20 minutes pestering and poking the prop to cough-up costly penalties.

Lions team-mate Sinckler was dragged-off by boss Eddie Jones and England threw away the Grand Slam and title to Wales.

The Red Rose visit Cardiff this weekend hoping to have the last laugh against their 34-year-old nemesis.

Aussie Jones said of Wales’ talisman: “It’s his 146th Test — he knows what he’s doing. Alun Wyn Jones is an experienced campaigner who has a good relationship with the referees.

“At times he has targeted players in our team. We’ve spoken about him and we understand what he’ll be trying to do.

“It’s just about making sure we maintain our composure and our control.

“Wales got at Kyle in 2019 but he has matured a lot.


“I am sure there will be another test for him. We lost our mettle a bit and did not cope with it.

“We are evolving into a more street-smart team but the game is about pressure situations. Whilst we all like to think we can handle every pressure situation, we don’t, that is the great thing about rugby.

“I am sure Alun Wyn Jones is going to be looking for those situations and we will have to deal with them.

“The third game of the series, for most teams, is make-or-break — both teams face similar pressure.

“They always come down to the wire and the pressure will be on the ref to make the right decisions.”

One person who boss Jones did not expect to sledge his side was one of his cricket heroes, Ian Botham.

Beefy’s Cardiff-born grandson James is on the Wales bench and the 65-year-old taunted his own country by saying England had an “unhappy squad” and were “there for the taking”.

But Jones said: “He’s entitled to his opinion. That’s the great thing about rugby — we’ve got so many opinions.

“We’ve got cricketers wanting to talk about rugby.”

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