Jones wary of Fiji threat

Date published: November 17 2016

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England head coach Eddie Jones has hailed Fiji as “one of the iconic teams” ahead of their fixture at Twickenham on Saturday.

With 11 successive wins on the board, England will be looking to make it 12 victories when they face off with the islanders this weekend.

But Jones is wary of the threat Fiji pose and knows they can hurt them.

“Fiji is one of the iconic teams in the world, they play a fantastic brand of rugby,” he told England Rugby.

“Just having a look at the side they picked, it is full of talent. If you can leave a bloke like Matawalu on the bench then you’ve got plenty of potential, so we’re prepared for what is going to be a difficult game.

“So we have got to play a structured, controlled, positive game.”

Jones has delayed naming his side due to injury concerns surrounding England’s back row, with the head coach revealing: “Billy (Vunipola) and Nathan (Hughes) are carrying knocks.

“We’ll be looking to see how they resolve themselves within the next 24 hours. We will announce the team tomorrow, which is a deviation from normal procedure, but in line with regulations of team announcement.”

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