Simon Easterby dismisses Eddie Jones throwaway comments claiming Ireland kick away possession

Ireland are under immense pressure to reclaim their Six Nations form this weekend against England

Simon Easterby dismisses Eddie Jones throwaway comments claiming Ireland kick away possession

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Simon Easterby has slammed Eddie Jones's critical comments about Ireland's ability to retain possession.

Jones apparently compared Ireland's tactical approach to Premier League side Stoke City and claimed that Joe Schmidt's side kick away possession ''60% of the time.''

Schmidt was first to respond, saying that the statistic was inaccurate.

"Ireland have kicked less than a quarter of the possession we have had, which doesn't correspond with the statistics which have been reported".

"Someone like Eddie is going to throw things out there, throw some comments out there, and that's great. We'll take that and bat it off. We've got to focus on what we're doing.''

"I think there's a temptation to be drawn into something there with what he has to say, about any team, whether it's us or any team that he's coaching against."

"It is what it is. Characters like that are good for the game, and we'll see come Saturday night how much of that rings true."

 Having drawn the opening game against Wales and suffered a one point defeat in Paris to France, Ireland are now facing another difficult task this weekend as they chase their first win at Twickenham since 2010.