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Eddie Jones claims All Blacks have been holding back before the Rugby World Cup – but he has also anointed Wales as tournament favourites.
Wales moved to the top of the World Cup rankings after a 13-6 win over England in Cardiff on Saturday (Sunday NZT) – only hours after the All Blacks’ impressive 36-0 Bledisloe Cup shutout of Australia.
While Wales coach Warren Gatland was playing down the significance of the No 1 ranking, Jones tried to heap pressure on his rival.
Wales beat England in Cardiff to knock the All Blacks off the top of World Rugby’s rankings.
“When you go to number one, you’re favourites,” he said at the post-match press conference.
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Earlier, Jones toldThe Guardianbefore the All Blacks’ five-try victory at Eden Park that Steve Hansen’s team were keeping some things up their sleeves and would not be too fazed by a third-place finish in the Rugby Championship.
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