Eddie Jones accuses World Rugby of undermining officials

Eddie Jones accuses World Rugby of undermining officials

World Rugby have admitted that Gareth Anscombe's "try" against England at Twickenham on Saturday evening should have been given by the Television Match Official (TMO).

World Rugby's head of referees, Alain Rolland, rang Warren Gatland on Monday to say Anscombe's try should have been awarded while the governing body also released a statement, acknowledging that: "In accordance with law 21.1 b Wales should have been awarded a try as the Wales player grounded the ball".

Following a review, World Rugby said it has "clarified to the Wales team management. that the TMO made an error" and that "Wales should have been awarded a try as the Wales player grounded the ball".

THEY might be a tier-two rugby nation, but England coach Eddie Jones has paid Georgia the ultimate compliment inviting the European nation to take part in a two day training camp in London this week.

Asked if he will issue a formal complaint about the decision, Gatland replied: "I will just get clarity".

"We had small opportunities that we didn't take". When I say respect the referee, that's the TV process as well, and then you leave it at that.

England sit second in the Six Nations with two wins from their opening two games.

Former Australia coach Jones, recalling his time in charge of Japan, said: "In Japan they have a great saying: "At full-time there's no side". Sometimes you get the rub of the green, sometimes you don't. It was such a big decision in the game. "The TMO did an excellent job".

They will next travel to Edinburgh to face Gregor Townsend's Scotland on February 24. Although Sam Simmonds is set to miss the next two matches after going off with a shoulder injury against Wales, his loss is set to be offset by the return of fellow No 8 Nathan Hughes from a knee problem.

Anthony Watson and Owen Farrell are expected to recover from the unspecified knocks they sustained against Wales, but Elliot Daly has now suffered damage to his calf having completed his rehabilitation from an ankle complaint.

To help prepare for the rest of their campaign, as well as next year's World Cup, England will practice scrums and line-outs against Georgia on Tuesday and Wednesday.

England will scrummage against Georgia this week with Dylan Hartley outlining the consequences if they fail to view the sessions as anything other than the equivalent of a Test match.

"It could come down to points difference, so hopefully we will be in it for that last weekend", he said.