Eddie Jones has stirred things up ahead of the Wales v England Six Nations clash.
Eddie Jones has stirred things up ahead of the Wales v England Six Nations clash. FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA

England coach Jones warns his side of Welsh shenanigans

RUGBY UNION: Eddie Jones has lit the fuse for another potentially fiery encounter, suggesting that Wales will do anything it can - on and off field - to get one over the English ahead of tonight's Six Nations clash in Cardiff.

The Australian-born England coach will take his side into enemy territory at the Principality Stadium defending a national record 15-game winning streak.

England won the grand slam last year and also ruined Welsh title hopes the year before.

Jones warned his side to be wary of shenanigans before the game, for example incessant phone calls at the hotel, delayed arrival at the ground, no heating in the changing room, and deliberate misunderstandings.

"It happens regularly in Wales," Jones said.

"So the challenge for a team to play away is to be better than that. They're things you can't control.

"Once we go down the M4 and across the Severn River, we don't control anything.

"The only thing we control is our own mental state and the way we play the game.

"That's how good sides are, and the way we want to be."

One thing that Jones made certain of was that the game be played under natural conditions with the stadium roof to remain open.

Welsh captain Alun Wyn Jones wanted the roof shut, to not only suit his team's running-style rugby but to also create a more intimidating atmosphere for the English.

Last year, Wales went to Twickenham with the title on the line, started sloppily, England went 19-0 up and prevailed 25-21.

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