Owen Farrell ‘No advantage in spying’ says defence coach as England v New Zealand expectation builds

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England last reached a World Cup final in 2007
Rugby World Cup semi-final: England v New Zealand
Venue:International Stadium, YokohamaDate:Saturday, 26 OctoberKick-off:09:00 BST
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England defence coach John Mitchell says he “doesn’t see any advantage” in opponents spying on training sessions.

On Tuesday, head coach Eddie Jones said someone was spotted filming from an apartment overlooking their pitch but refused to say who it might have been.

Mitchell appeared to point the finger at New Zealand before the World Cup semi-final with England on Saturday.

“If that is what they want to do, and that is the way they want to prepare, good luck to them,” he said.

The former All Blacks boss added: “We just happened to be training where there are apartments above our tiny two-metre fence, so I am not sure about what the use of the tarpaulins are.

“The facilities have been excellent but it’s an area where people live and there is the odd red light around. There was one up in the corner, which was a bit suspicious.

“It doesn’t really worry me. This game is so dynamic now so I don’t see any advantage in spying on a team.”

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Jones said it “might have been a Japanese fan” but admitted he “used to do it” himself, although stopped back in 2001, yet Mitchell believes spying is still common practice within the sport.

“When I took over the All Blacks in 2001 we had a manager who was highly military and he loved surveying the whole area,” he said.

“To me, you can get too involved in it and create an anxiety

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