Ex-Scotland prop Peter Wright believes that England coach Eddie Jones is running true to form by claiming that Scotland must aim to be the world’s best ‘small’ team.
The England head coach made the comment in an interview with BBC Scotland’s John Beattie earlier today. Jones also called into question the Scots’ ‘physical condition’ during the recent Rugby World Cup in Japan, where Scotland were knocked out of the tournament by the hosts in the pool stages.
Wright, who played 21 times for his country, said: “I don’t think he’s been a fan of Scotland for a couple of years. He says we’ve got some good players, we play a good style of rugby and then he throws in that small team comment.”
Jones has never been shy of commenting on Scotland’s fortunes in the past, and Wright believes that the Australian enjoys courting controversy.
“It’s interesting that a coach comments on a nation as massively as he does. I think it’s quite good that you’ve still got folk who come out and speak their minds. It’s just weird that they always happen to be Australian,” Jones said.
“I think its part and parcel of being a head coach. I think he’s good for the game, he’s a character,” he added.
In 2018 three Scotland fans were fined for abusing Jones as he left Manchester’s Oxford Road rail station. Jones’ England had just lost their Calcutta Cup match against Scotland 25-13.
Eddie Jones and his England team will face Scotland at BT Murrayfield on Saturday 8 February in the 2020 Guinness Six Nations.