England boss Eddie Jones urges World Rugby to seek consistency on high tackles

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England v Wales - 2019 Quilter International

Eddie Jones celebrated a successful start to England’s World Cup preparations before launching an attack on World Rugby over inconsistency among match officials.

Potential quarter-final opponents Wales were dispatched 33-19 to end their 14-Test winning run and prevent Warren Gatland’s Grand Slam champions from claiming top spot in the global rankings.

Following an impressive result from an experimental side delivered just hours before England’s World Cup squad is named, Jones turned on Sunday’s referee at Twickenham Mathieu Raynal.

The talking point was provided by the red card shown to New Zealand’s Scott Barrett for a shoulder charge to the head of Michael Hooper against Australia on Saturday – a dismissal Jones described as “ridiculous”.

When asked about England debutant Willi Heinz, Jones said: “Willi’s a good, mature player. I thought there was an issue with the referee.

“We saw a red card (on Saturday) which affected the game. I thought it was ridiculous. A bloke gets tackled, he goes to be second man in and his shoulder hits his head and he gets a red card. We can’t have that in the game.

“There has to be some common sense applied, but maybe common sense was applied (on Sunday) really well.

“But what I’m saying is that we need to have some consistency and common sense. I think it’s really important for the game.

“In the World Cup if you lose a player through a red card as New Zealand did (on Saturday), it makes the game very difficult. I thought we saw two instances (on Sunday) where that could have happened.

England v Wales - 2019 Quilter International

“I urge World Rugby, although I don’t think they do anything at great pace, to get some consistency in that area.

“Otherwise we’ll have games being destroyed by an inconsistent official making a decision on a law that’s not clear.”

Jones declined to identify which incidents against Wales he was referring to.

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