Owen Farrell Rugby World Cup: Eddie Jones says USA will come at England like ’15 Donald Trumps’

    Owen Farrell Rugby World Cup: Eddie Jones says USA will come at England like ’15 Donald Trumps’

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    After the opening weekend of the Rugby World Cup, Stuff’s Power Rankings reflect a boost in the prospects for some teams.

    It was meant to be a compliment in Eddie Jones’ famously impertinent style, only it didn’t really work out that way.

    The England coach’s quip that the United States will play like “15 Donald Trumps” when the teams meet at the Rugby World Cup in Japan on Thursday has intensified the build-up to what should be a routine win for the English.

    Jones, an Australian, said he only meant that the Americans would be fired up for their opening game.

    Owen Farrell England coach Eddie Jones joked that USA would come at them like

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    England coach Eddie Jones joked that USA would come at them like “15 Donald Trumps” on Thursday.

    “They’re going to come out all guns blazing,” Jones said, hardly making it any better.

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    USA coach Gary Gold didn’t react, mindful that his squad – at No 13 in the rankings and below the likes of Georgia – has no right to any bravado against the 2003 champions and No 3-ranked team in the world.

    Instead, the Americans’ record at rugby’s top tournament requires humility.

    The Eagles have won one game in three previous World Cups and three out of 25 in their World Cup history. This year, they must face three tier one nations in England, France and Argentina in their first three games in Pool C.

    The USA lost 28-10 to England in 2007 on the way to finishing winless and last in their pool and the difference this time might be bigger. The Eagles also finished bottom of their pool with a 0-4 record at the 2015 World Cup in England.

    Owen Farrell USA's South African coach Gary Gold was in no mood to respond to Eddie Jones' cheeky jibe.

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    USA’s South African coach Gary Gold was in no mood to respond to Eddie Jones’ cheeky jibe.

    “At this stage, with all due respect, we’re not a good enough rugby team to be making comments or answers to questions like that,” Gold, a South African, said when asked for his reaction to Jones’ 15 Donald Trumps comparison. “I don’t know what it means.”

    It’s been a lively few days at the start of the World Cup from Jones, even by the cheeky Aussie’s standards.

    The Trump comment came a day after he was asked by

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