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Men's Rugby Union Barclay not falling for Jones's mind games

SCOTLAND skipper John Barclay insists he is not falling for Eddie Jones’s Mr Nice Guy routine.

The outspoken England head coach ditched his usual mind games this week as he opted for a more diplomatic approach in the build-up to today’s Six Nations showdown with the Scots at Murrayfield.

A fortnight after questioning Wales’s Rhys Patchell’s “bottle” for the big occasion, the Australian has taken a different tack when discussing Dark Blues playmaker Finn Russell.

His charm offensive included dubbing the Glasgow stand-off a “world-class” operator while he even compared the style of Gregor Townsend’s team to the All Blacks.

But those warm words do not wash with Barclay.

“Eddie loves to play these games and the media love it too,” said the Scotland captain. “It gives an interesting approach to you guys and I think it’s great for the game.

“It gives different headlines and people love reading it.

“But, to be honest, we don’t take much notice. I don’t even think there are newspapers in our hotel.”


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