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Eddie Jones. (Richard Sellers/PA)
Eddie Jones. (Richard Sellers/PA)

By Duncan Bech

Eddie Jones has signalled a ceasefire in his feud with World Rugby after praising their success in raising standards of tier two nations at the World Cup.

England have launched their campaign with comfortable bonus-point wins over Tonga and the United States, the two lesser teams in a pool that also contains Argentina and France.

But while both victories were secured with minimal fuss, they were notable for the stubborn resistance offered by the underdogs, continuing a theme.

For the first time in nine instalments of the World Cup, no team scored 50 points in a match in the opening week.

Jones has been critical of World Rugby, but has been impressed by the work put into closing the gap.

"You're seeing the tier two countries much better physically prepared," England's boss said. "They're fitter than ever and that's a great thing for the World Cup, because we've got these countries fighting hard and it's producing some great rugby.

"It's a credit to World Rugby. They should get credit for driving tier-two development."

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