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Eddie Jones is certainly not a coach you can underestimate.

England turn to pool noodle to overcome high ball jitters in preparation for Six Nations clash with Ireland

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Some coaches go to quite remarkable lengths to get their methods across - some more so than most.

Take for example what took place at England's training session in the lead up to their Six Nations opener against Ireland on Saturday in Dublin.

The Irish secured only the third Grand Slam in their history in the corresponding fixture last year, defeating England 24-15 at Twickenham.

While the final margin was only nine points, the dominance of the visitors was clearly evident throughout the contest.

The Irish coaching team had worked out that England were suspect to the high ball and used that tactic to perfection.

Knowing that it was a clear flaw in their make-up, England have looked to rectify their flaws.

Coach Eddie Jones is certainly what you would describe as a 'lateral thinker', using various unorthodox methods to get his thinking across.

This video shows another one of those unusual tactics in all its glory.

It remains to be seen whether waving a pool noodle in the face of a player preparing to catch a high ball has any impact once the two teams take to the Aviva Stadium pitch on Saturday.

It is a World Cup year, so this year's tournament has an added level of significance.

Ireland are the deserved favourites, especially when you consider their superb victory over the All-Blacks in the Autumn and their recent success against their northern hemisphere rivals.

The consistent improvement of Scotland has to be noted, however, while the wily Australian in Jones will certainly have some tricks up his sleeve as England look to improve their fifth-place position in 2018.

An exciting time for all rugby fans and indeed players and coaches is just around the corner.

You can bet there will be some fascinating storylines during the next six weeks of action.

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Six Nations
England Rugby
Ireland Rugby
Rugby Union

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