Rugby World Cup 2019: Eddie Jones ranks Wales as favourites and says All Blacks are ‘holding back’

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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.

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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.

England coach Eddie Jones thinks No 1-ranked Wales are now favourites for the Rugby World Cup.

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England coach Eddie Jones thinks No 1-ranked Wales are now favourites for the Rugby World Cup.

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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.

Wales' Kiwi coach Warren Gatland isn't getting carried away with his side's world No 1 world ranking.

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Wales’ Kiwi coach Warren Gatland isn’t getting carried away with his

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