A former Wales captain has accused England coach Eddie Jones of “beginning to bring rugby into disrepute” with some of his comments before and after Six Nations matches.
Emyr Lewis, a backrow forward who earned 41 tests caps between 1991 and 1996, said he wished Jones would “shut his mouth up on more occasions”.
Lewis, a BBC commentator, took issue with Jones’ claim that the Welsh “came rolling down the M4, very cocky” before Wales’ 12-6 loss to England at Twickenham last weekend.
“I totally disagree with him,” Lewis told BBC Wales.
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“Eddie Jones is a master of mind games and I wish he’d shut his mouth up on more occasions.”
Jones was also in the spotlight after rounding on the media for “jumping on the bandwagon” and praising England fullback Mike Brown for his man-of-the-match display against Wales after previously bagging him.
Lewis said Jones’ utterances were “a shame”.
“It’s not [got] a place in rugby – you might have it in football and whatever other sports, but in rugby, it’s a gentleman’s sport. And I just think he’s beginning to bring the game into disrepute with some of his comments.”
After accusing Wales of being cocky, Jones said it was important England started the game well and “took a bit wind out of their sails, which we did. And that got us the win.”
He told reporters his “cocky” claim was based “from very much what [Wales] say in the media”.
“You got that impression they thought it was a very big chance to beat us, so it’s always nice to win those game. And particularly when it’s against Wales.”