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Jones pledges a hostile welcome for Scots in final day showdown

By Duncan Bech

Eddie Jones has promised Scotland a hostile welcome at Twickenham as revenge for the treatment England received at Murrayfield last year.

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Guinness Six Nations glory remains within reach heading into Saturday's final round with Wales' Grand Slam game against Ireland the most influential fixture in shaping the destination of the title.

Victory over Gregor Townsend's side could seize the title, however, and Jones revealed his players will be fired up by memories of their defeat in Edinburgh.

Ryan Wilson baited George Ford in the tunnel before kick off, provoking intervention from Owen Farrell, and the following day Jones was abused at a Manchester train station by Scotland supporters.

England's head coach later admitted it was no longer safe for him to travel by public transport and felt pre-match comments from Gavin Hastings, who said Scotland would love nothing more than 'to rub Eddie Jones' face in the dirt', contributed to the fans' disgraceful behaviour.

"Every game against Scotland has extra on it," Jones said after Italy had been overwhelmed 57-14.

"They have a healthy dislike of the English and we would certainly like to reciprocate the welcome we got up there last year.

"It will be a pretty physical. I'll bring a few of my mates back from La Perouse (a suburb in Randwick, Australia). All I'll say is that we'll be ready for them."

In reference to the less febrile atmosphere at Twickenham, Jones continued: "It's nice, isn't it. It's all leather patches, brogue shoes. It's nice.

"You don't get people telling you where to go, you don't get people spitting on you, so it's different. So we'll make sure the hostility is on the field.

Three men were fined for the abuse they directed at Jones outside Oxford Road rail station and while the Australian was visibly shaken at the time, he now dismisses the incident.

"I get drunks doing that every day, in one fashion or the other, so it doesn't worry me. If it did worry me I wouldn't go outside," Jones said.

Jones could face a selection dilemma on the right wing if Jack Nowell recovers from his shoulder injury after Joe Cokanasiga took advantage of his absence to bulldoze his way through Italy.

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