Eddie Jones Is Trying To Get Inside Wales’ Heads Before Their Big Game With Ireland

Tired?

England might be taking on Scotland this weekend, but that hasn’t stopped head coach Eddie Jones from playing some mind games on Wales ahead of their Grand Slam clash with Ireland at the Principality.

Jones needs the Welsh to lose to Ireland if his side are to claim a third Six Nations in four years under him and he has suggested Gatland’s men look a little “tired” ahead of their showdown with the defending champions.

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The England boss also reckons Wales are going to be playing an Ireland team “peaking” at just the right time. Speaking in a video released on England’s Twiter account, Jones said:

“Well I think it’s a fascinating close to the tournament. You’ve got three teams who can win it.”

“Wales are a very good team, very well coached. Great credit to them for what they’ve done but they are starting to look a bit tired.”

“They’ve made more tackles than anyone else in the tournament and they’re playing an Ireland side that seems to be peaking at the right time.”

“You look at guys like Conor Murray, Sexton, Ringrose, O’Mahony – guys that weren’t in great form at the start of the tournament are now starting to come to their fore.”

“So I’m sure the crowd’s going to help Wales overcome that tiredness but it’s going to be a great game.”