It is rare that any England vs Wales match requires much in the way of build up.
Nevertheless, England coach Eddie Jones added additional spice to Saturday's meeting of the two sides at Twickenham when he took a swipe at Wales Captain Alun Wyn Jones on Thursday, revealing that he has spoken to World Rugby about the lock's conduct during last weekend's Scotland match.
Jones, Wales' second most capped player with 114 caps, angered his namesake when he blocked Scotland's Finn Russell's attempt at converting a 79th-minute consolation try during his side's 34-7 victory at the Principality Stadium.
The Welsh captain appeared to aggressively urge French referee Pascal Gaüzère to refer the try to the television match official before eventually allowing the kick to be taken.
"That was right out of order. We can’t have that in the game," stated Eddie Jones, whose England side beat Italy 46-15 in Rome last weekend, per the Daily Mail.
"That’s borrowed from another sport and I really hope World Rugby don’t allow that to creep in."
Jones then admitted he had spoken to the game's governing body regarding the Welsh captain's behaviour.
"I’ve said something to World Rugby about it", he continued.
"We’ve got to respect the integrity of the referee because we’ve got one of the most difficult games to referee.
"Players are bigger, faster, stronger. There are quicker decisions from the referee. If we don’t respect the integrity of the game, we’re going to lose part of the game. The players have to play their role in that."
It should be noted that World Rugby did issue a number of directives to referees regarding player conduct prior to the beginning of this year's tournament, one of which centred upon dissent to match officials, so it is perhaps unsurprising that the England boss has seen fit to mention the incident to the game's administrators.
Jones did seem confident that the man appointed to handle this Saturday's showdown, Frenchman Jerome Garces, would be well equipped to deal with any similar situations though.
"Garces is a very experienced referee,” reasoned Jones. “He’s got plenty of big-match experience, he knows how to handle interesting moments in games. He won’t let Alun Wyn Jones intimidate him.
"Garces won’t tolerate that sort of stuff. He won’t let Alun Wyn Jones referee the game. All we say to England players is be respectful," confirmed the England chief.
Tensions look set to simmer right up until Saturday's evening's kick-off as both sides look to follow up on their victories in the first round of matches.News Now - Sport News