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England boss Eddie Jones mocks old foe Warren Gatland and promises to beat South Africa to lift the gloom of Brexit

Eddie Jones delivered a withering put down to rival Warren Gatland after the Wales coach questioned if England have played their World Cup final a game early by overwhelming New Zealand.

Gatland was speaking in the immediate aftermath of his team’s 19-16 defeat by South Africa, who will now face Jones’ men on Saturday in a repeat of the 2007 showpiece.

Twenty four hours before England and the Springboks collide at International Stadium Yokohama, Wales will confront the All Blacks in the bronze final 24 hours earlier – Gatland’s last match at the helm.

Eddie Jones had the last laugh over Warren Gatland

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Eddie Jones had the last laugh over Warren Gatland

And Jones, the master of mind games and mental warfare, had the last laugh over his old foe.

“Well, guys, can you just send my best wishes to Warren to make sure he enjoys the third and fourth place play-off,” Jones said at a press conference on Monday

Jones and Gatland are long-standing sparring partners and the outgoing Wales boss on Saturday made a pointed remark about England’s crushing win against the former world champions.

“We have seen in previous World Cups that teams sometimes play their final in semi-finals and don’t always turn up for a final,” Gatland said.

Gatland’s side crashed out to South Africa on Sunday

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Gatland’s side crashed out to South Africa on Sunday

“So it will be interesting to see how England are next week and it could be a good game.”

Jones has seen off heavyweight rival coaches Gatland, Steve Hansen and Michael Cheika so far in Japan, but he has even grander aims as the UK staggers through its Brexit ordeal.

If South Africa can be overcome, he hopes it will lift the gloom of the nation.

“It’s great – you give the country something to cheer about and with Brexit at the moment they probably need something to cheer about,” Jones said.

Wales will play New Zealand in their Bronze Medal match

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Wales will play New Zealand in their Bronze Medal match

Whereas England are going on to face South Africa in the final

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Whereas England are going on to face South Africa in the final

“It’s the job of a team to make the country happy and we’ve made the country happy. Not as happy as they can be because there is still a game to go as we’ve said.

“The crowds here generally in the World Cup have been fantastic and I thought our supporters on Saturday night were massively instrumental in helping us get home.

“Their singing and their general support of the team has been outstanding. We urge them to keep doing that.”

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