Owen Farrell Eddie Jones gives new take on Owen Farrell’s smirk at the All Blacks’ haka

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Owen Farrell Owen Farrell's face as New Zealand complete their haka at the Rugby World Cup.

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Owen Farrell’s face as New Zealand complete their haka at the Rugby World Cup.

England coach Eddie Jones has given his opinion on what he thought Owen Farrell’s facial expression was saying during the All Blacks’ haka.

England’s captain and first-five was captured by television cameras appearing to smirk in the direction of All Blacks captain Kieran Read as the Kiwi skipper and his side laid down their challenge before the Rugby World Cup semifinal.

Farrell was standing at the apex of a V that England had formed to counter New Zealand’s haka formation.

Owen Farrell Owen Farrell's face is projected onto the big screen during the All Blacks' haka at the Rugby World Cup.

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Owen Farrell’s face is projected onto the big screen during the All Blacks’ haka at the Rugby World Cup.

Many saw that as a moment of disrespect from Farrell, but Jones has written in his autobiography, an excerpt of which was published on theNew Zealand Herald, that Farrell was doing the opposite.

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