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The England Rugby World Cup squad received a warm reception as they arrived at London Heathrow Airport.
England coach Eddie Jones admits his team suffered at the Rugby World Cup from getting too much praise for beating the All Blacks in the semifinals.
England were magnificent in dumping defending champions New Zealand out of the tournament 19-7, but failed to match the hype the following week when they were beaten 32-12 by South Africa in the final in Yokohama.
Jones said the big challenge he faced ahead of the final was dealing with the praise that came his players’ way after the New Zealand victory.
“There’s also a psychological challenge after the kind of big win we achieved against the All Blacks,” Jones said in his newly-released autobiographyMy Life and Rugbywhich is being serialised inThe Timesnewspaper.
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“While we did play well, I thought the analysis was a bit over the top. Everyone was slapping us on the back, saying how fantastic we were, how it was the best ever performance by an England team and the best ever win at a World Cup.
“The praise was everywhere. The challenge is to bring the players back to reality. It changes the structure and narrative of the week.”
Jones also said he shoul
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