Rugby World Cup 2019: England coach Eddie Jones plans to expose All Blacks 'weaknesses'

England coach Eddie Jones has continued his war of words with New Zealand, saying he plans to exploit their weaknesses, when the two nations square off in the Rugby World Cup semi-finals next weekend. 

Jones started the war of words soon after England's record 40-16 win over Australia, insisting the best was still to come from his side. 

The All Blacks have won six straight games against England, but four of those were decided by five points or less.

Jones feels he can mastermind New Zealand's their first World Cup defeat, since they lost to France in the 2007 quarter-finals. 

"No-one's got a 100 percent record in test rugby," Jones told the BBC. "No-one averages 100 in test cricket. 

"No one wins every Grand Slam 6-0 6-0, so every team has a weakness. Every team is beatable.

"The All Blacks are a great side - well-coached, good leadership team. If you give them the type of ball they want, they are hard to defend against, but like any team, they've got weaknesses.

"If I was an Englishman, I'd be making sure that whatever time the kick-off is in England, you're ready to sit down and watch it."

Asked what those weaknesses were, Jones added: "Well, we'll find that out during the week."

On Sunday, All Blacks coach Steve Hansen said he had a deep respect for Jones, revealing the two exchanged text messages after their quarter-finals win. 

New Zealand booked their ticket into the semi-finals with a 46-14 win over Ireland. 

"I said, 'Looking forward to seeing you, and win, lose or draw, we'll have a beer afterwards'," Hansen said. 

"He's got a work ethic second to none - he put himself in hospital when he was here, he worked that hard.

"Anyone who loves the game will get my support. He's done a fantastic job with England. 

"They've got a world record for most wins in test rugby, along with ourselves. They've got a harder edge about them.

"Eddie has been part of a winning World Cup team with South Africa [as an assistant in 2007], he's had the disappointment of losing to England when he was coaching Australia [2003], but to get to the final is being successful anyway, even if you don't win it. 

"He's got the ability to understand what's coming, and he'll share those with his coaching and playing group."

While coaches sometimes seem not to like each other, Hansen said that was far from the truth. 

"Rugby is a special game. Those of us who have been around for long enough understand the game is bigger than everybody else. 

"It's the game that's more important than all the coaches and all the players.

"One of the greatest things about the game is the camaraderie you get, not only in your own team, but from being in a contest and sharing those moments, and then moving on to the next one.

"The game has been professional now for a while, but if you look back in time, teams always shared those moments after the test matches together and that's something that's really important we don't lose."

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