Owen Farrell Rugby World Cup 2019: Eddie Jones accuses New Zealand media of being ‘fans with keyboards’ for All Blacks support

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Eddie Jones took a swipe at the New Zealand media on Tuesday by labelling them “fans with a keyboard” due to their vocal support of the All Blacks.

Jones came out swinging ahead of Saturday’s Rugby World Cup semi-final against Steve Hansen’s side in what was a surprise press conference appearance in an effort to ramp up the pressure on the reigning world champions.

The support for the All Blacks from the country’s mainstream media was made particularly clear during the 2017 British and Irish Lions tour, when the New Zealand Herald ran a heavily-criticised front page with coach Warren Gatland mocked up as a clown ahead of the second Test, which the Lions went on to win.

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And asked whether he was worried about the All Blacks reading about allegations made by Jones of someone watching their training session, the England boss did not hold back.

“Well someone has to ask them a question because the New Zealand media doesn’t,” said Jones. “You guys are just fans with a keyboard, someone has to ask them some questions.

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“The English media – a week ago I was going to get sacked, [they were saying] ‘we couldn’t play’. We deal with a completely different situation.”

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