Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones defends Rhys Patchell and himself - Ruck

Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones defends Rhys Patchell and himself

Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones says he is not concerned by England coach Eddie Jones’ comments about his behaviour and the “bottle” of fly-half Rhys Patchell.

Eddie Jones complained to World Rugby about the lock confronting referee Pascal Gauzere as Wales beat Scotland.

He also questioned whether Patchell could cope with the pressure of Twickenham.

“It is a step up, but Patch is ready for that,” said Alun Wyn Jones.

“People forget that Rhys Patchell has been around the squad for a good few years now. He’d probably like a few more caps as would people who’ve been in amongst it. But … he has experience of being around the camp.

Jones added on the incident with the referee: “I’ve not seen an exact transcription of Eddie Jones’ comments, so I can’t comment too much on the specifics.

“But it was more important that World Rugby, when they were asked for clarification, came back and essentially said that they saw nothing untoward with what happened.

“More importantly, Pascal at the time, had no issue, or no issue after the game.


“I’m very grateful that Eddie has flagged that up with World Rugby. I’ll keep doing what I’m doing and keep within the spirit of the game.

“It is the sort of thing that you can choose your friends, but you can’t choose your family, so I think I will have to have a chat with Uncle Eddie after the game.

“As players, we are inside the tent and we have got to deal with that happens between the white lines.”