England coach Eddie Jones has been congratulated by New Zealand mentor Steve Hansen on a job well done.
England coach Eddie Jones has been congratulated by New Zealand mentor Steve Hansen on a job well done. Alastair Grant

Kiwi coach's praise leaves Jones wary

EDDIE Jones compares the praise England has received from New Zealand coach Steve Hansen to the fairytale of Little Red Riding Hood being deceived by the wolf.

Hansen congratulated the Six Nations champions for retaining their title by overwhelming Scotland 61-21, despite seeing the All Blacks' record of 18 successive Test wins equalled at Twickenham on Saturday.

The mastermind of the 2015 World Cup triumph insisted England was finally fulfilling its potential, playing the "sort of rugby people want to see", and offered Jones the following message: "Well done, champ. It's thoroughly deserved, well done".

In a frustrating quirk of the international fixture list, the game's top two teams are being kept apart until autumn 2018, when a seismic showdown is to be staged at Twickenham.

Jones was wary of Hansen's approval, however, as the rival coaches exchanged words for the first time since England's rise as a genuine threat to NZ's global dominance.

"It's a bit like Red Riding Hood and the wolf when the wolf comes dressed up as the grandmother ... you always have to be careful when All Black coaches compliment you, you always have to be careful," Jones said.

If Ireland is toppled in Dublin on Sunday morning (AEST) by England, Dylan Hartley's men will become only the sixth team to complete back-to-back Grand Slams, as well eclipsing the All Blacks' 18-Test milestone.

News Corp Australia


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