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Clued in: Scotland’s Allan Dell

Clued in: Scotland’s Allan Dell

Clued in: Scotland’s Allan Dell

Eddie Jones' words tend to upset his opponents, but Scotland prop Allan Dell is a fan of the outspoken Australian.

The keen Liverpool fan even likened him to Jose Mourinho and believes his tactics pay off more than they fail.

The London Irish forward, looking ahead to this Saturday's Calcutta Cup clash at Murrayfield, said: "You'd assume (England will be angry), especially after what Eddie's been saying in the media.

"I don't think he did his players much justice throwing them out there to that. They're a team full of pride with players who have achieved a lot, so they'll be hurting (after defeat to France).

"They're coming here to make a statement having not beaten us for two years. Eddie, I'm sure, will be in their ears. He's a smart man and he will be hyping them up in the right way.

"I don't think he has too much to say. Look at football and how Jose Mourinho used to do it. I think he's very sharp in that way.

"He takes the focus away from his team and lets them get on with what they need to do and he lets the media get on to him.

"That's fantastic for a manager to do, but sometimes it just backfires."

Scotland suffered defeat to Ireland in their own Championship curtain-raiser in Dublin but have the chance to get back on track when England arrive into Edinburgh this weekend.

However, Dell admits some within his camp had been hoping Jones' team had made a winning start.

"What does a wounded animal do when it's backed up in the corner?" he asked.

"It attacks you. A few of the boys were saying they hoped England would smash France and come here and underestimate us a bit. They will have a point to prove now."

Belfast Telegraph