Eddie Jones says Pascal Gauzere should see yellow card after England's defeat to Wales

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Eddie Jones was unappy with referee Pascal Gauzere (r) even though the official acted within the laws of the game.

Eddie Jones believes Pascal Gauzere should be shown a yellow card for allowing George North’s try in England‘s defeat by Wales on Saturday even though the French referee acted within the laws.

Gauzere let Dan Biggar take a quick tap penalty that led to North claiming the crucial score as Warren Gatland’s men avenged their defeat at Twickenham six days earlier through a 13-6 victory in Cardiff.

England were expecting Gauzere to wait for the sin-binned Anthony Watson to leave the pitch as punishment for a deliberate knock-on before allowing Wales to restart play.

However, there is no law requiring the referee to pause the game until the carded player is off the field.

When asked if Gauzere should have waited, England head coach Jones replied: “I think we all thought that was the law. So maybe the yellow card should have gone to the referee.

“It is what it is. We had to cope with whatever he decided was right. And if he wants a variation of the law, we’ve got to be good enough to cope with it.

Unhappy: Eddie Jones.

Unhappy: Eddie Jones.

“It’s not worth going into it because I don’t want that to be the headline of the game. It happened, we had to cope with it, didn’t cope with it, and they scored their winning try. So be it.”

Jones also resumed an attack on World Rugby that began incoherently at Twickenham last Sunday when he turned on referee Mathieu Raynal, then exonerated him, before criticising a red card for dangerous play shown to New Zealand 24 hours earlier.

The Australian was part of a panel that in 2016 advised World Rugby what measures should be taken as part of a zero-tolerance policy to reckless and accidental head contact.

“You’re not allowed to comment on referees. World Rugby are like Big Brother, they have facial recognition everywhere, you say one word and you’re in trouble,” he said.

England were ambushed at a time when Ben Youngs was standing on the sideline waiting to replace Willi Heinz, who had already departed for a head injury assessment, reducing them to 13 men.

They were caught unaware as they gathered in a huddle in expectation that Watson must first leave the pitch, but captain George Ford at least recognised they were at fault.

“We were trying to discuss what to do with the next 10 minutes with the yellow card with Anthony off the field. It’s something we have to anticipate better,” Ford said.

“I’m not too sure what was going on, on the sidelines, but it’s a good reminder for us as it’s seven points and ultimately that was the difference between the teams. We need to be on our toes a bit better.”

The theme of never losing eyes on the opposition was taken up by Youngs.

“It’s happened here and I dare say something like that will not happen again. It’s one of those things,” the Lions scrum-half said.

“There’s nothing as players that you can do about that except take the one lesson which is don’t switch off when there’s a penalty.

“As long as it’s ironed out and doesn’t happen in the future, I’m sure it will be fine.”

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Ahead of the Rugby World Cup which gets underway on September 20, here’s a full list of fixtures and kick off times for the tournament.

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POOL STAGE

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 20

Match 1: Japan vs Russia (Pool A), Tokyo Stadium, 2:45pm GST

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 21

Match 2: Australia vs Fiji (Pool D), Sapporo Dome, 8:45am GST

Match 3: France vs Argentina (Pool C), Tokyo Stadium, 11:15am GST

Match 4: New Zealand vs South Africa (Pool B), International Stadium Yokohama, 1:45pm GST

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 22

Match 5: Italy vs Namibia (Pool B), Hanazono Rugby Stadium, 9:15am GST

Match 6: Ireland vs Scotland (Pool A), International Stadium Yokohama, 11:45am GST

Match 7: England vs Tonga (Pool C), Sapporo Dome, 2:15pm GST

MONDAY SEPTEMBER 23

Match 8: Wales vs Georgia (Pool D), City of Toyota Stadium, 2:15pm GST

TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 24

Match 9: Russia vs Samoa (Pool A), Kumagaya Rugby Stadium, 2:15pm

WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 25

Match 10: Fiji vs Uruguay (Pool D), Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium, 9:15am GST

THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 26

Match 11: Italy vs Canada (Pool B), Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium, 11:45am GST

Match 12: England vs USA (Pool C), Kobe Misaki Stadium, 2:45pm GST

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 28

Match 13: Argentina vs Tonga (Pool C), Hanazono Rugby Stadium, 8:45am GST

Match 14: Japan vs Ireland (Pool A), Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa, 11:15am GST

Match 15: South Africa vs Namibia (Pool B), City of Toyota Stadium, 1:45pm GST

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 29

Match 16: Georgia vs Uruguay (Pool D), Kumagaya Rugby Stadium, 9:15am GST

Match 17: Australia vs Wales (Pool D), Tokyo Stadium, 11:45am GST

MONDAY SEPTEMBER 30

Match 18: Scotland vs Samoa (Pool A), Kobe Misaki Stadium, 2:15pm GST

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 2

Match 19: France vs USA (Pool C), Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium, 11:45am GST

Match 20: New Zealand vs Canada (Pool B), Oita Stadium, 2:15pm GST

THURSDAY OCTOBER 3

Match 21: Georgia vs Fiji (Pool D), Hanazono Rugby Stadium, 9:15am GST

Match 22: Ireland vs Russia (Pool A), Kobe Misaki Stadium, 2:15pm

FRIDAY OCTOBER 4 

Match 23: South Africa vs Italy (Pool B), Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa, 1:45pm GST

SATURDAY OCTOBER 5

Match 24: Australia vs Uruguay (Pool D), Oita Stadium, 9:15am GST

Match 25: England vs Argentina (Pool C), Tokyo Stadium, 12pm GST

Match 26: Japan vs Samoa (Pool A), City of Toyota Stadium, 2:30pm GST

SUNDAY OCTOBER 6

Match 27: New Zealand vs Namibia (Pool B), Tokyo Stadium, 8:45am GST

Match 28: France vs Tonga (Pool C), Kumamoto Stadium, 11:45am GST

TUESDAY OCTOBER 8 

Match 29: South Africa vs Canada (Pool B), Koba Misaki Stadium, 2:15pm GST

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 9

Match 30: Argentina vs USA (Pool C), Kumagaya Rugby Stadium, 8:45am GST

Match 31: Scotland vs Russia (Pool A), Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa, 11:15am GST

Match 32: Wales vs Fiji (Pool D), Oita Stadium; Wednesday 9 October, 1:45pm GST

FRIDAY OCTOBER 11

Match 33: Australia vs Georgia (Pool D), Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa, 2:15pm GST

SATURDAY OCTOBER 12

Match 34: New Zealand vs Italy (Pool B), City of Toyota Stadium, 8:45am GST

Match 35: England vs France (Pool C), International Stadium Yokohama, 12:15pm GST

Match 36: Ireland vs Samoa (Pool A), Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium, 2:45pm GST

SUNDAY OCTOBER 13

Match 37: Namibia vs Canada (Pool B), Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium, 7:15am GST

Match 38: USA vs Tonga (Pool C), Hanazono Rugby Stadium, 9:45am GST

Match 39: Wales vs Uruguay (Pool D), Kumamoto Stadium, 12:15pm GST

Match 40: Japan vs Scotland (Pool A), International Stadium Yokohama, 2:45pm GST

QUARTER FINALS

SATURDAY OCTOBER 19

Match 41: Winner Pool C vs Runner-Up Pool D, Oita Stadium, 11:15am GST

Match 42: Winner Pool B vs Runner-Up Pool A, Tokyo Stadium, 2:15pm GST

SUNDAY OCTOBER 20

Match 43: Winner Pool D vs Runner-Up Pool C, Oita Stadium, 11:15am GST

Match 44: Winner Pool A vs Runner-Up Pool B, Tokyo Stadium, 2:15pm GST

SEMI-FINALS

SATURDAY OCTOBER 26

Match 45: Winner Quarter-Final 1 vs Winner Quarter-Final 2, International Stadium Yokohama, 12pm GST

SUNDAY OCTOBER 27

Match 46: Winner Quarter-Final 3 vs Winner Quarter-Final 4, International Stadium Yokohama, 1pm GST

THIRD PLACE PLAY-OFF

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 1

Match 47: Loser Semi-Final 1 vs Loser Semi-Final 2, Tokyo Stadium, 1pm GST

FINAL

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 2

Match 48: Winner Semi-Final 1 vs Winner Semi-final 2, International Stadium Yokohama, 1pm GST

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Scotland have work to do following France thrashing, says Gregor Townsend

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Gregor Townsend admits Scotland have work to do to get their Rugby World Cup preparations back on track after being dismantled by France in Nice.

The Dark Blues conceded five tries in their opening warm-up clash ahead of next month’s finals in Japan.

The Scots fly out to the Far East in less than a month but the 32-3 mauling was a disastrous start to their pre-tournament schedule.

Townsend’s team simply could not contain the power and intensity of Jacques Brunel’s Les Bleus, who ran in five tries as Maxime Medard’s double was complimented by scores from debutant Alivereti Raka, Gregor Alldritt and Antoine Dupont.

And afterwards the head coach said: “There’s a lot of work to do. We expected a better performance.

“We go into every game we play, no matter the opponent, with the aim of winning and we believed as players and coaches that we were well-prepared for that game.

“Obviously that wasn’t correct. We missed parts of that first half just from not being in place quick enough to stop France getting quick ball and then not capitalising on opportunities we did have.

“France were very good, they seemed like they were in really good condition.

“We know our players are in very good physical condition but obviously tonight the match conditioning fell short but we will be better for the experience.

“But we have to be much, much better in terms of performance over the next three games and then when we get to Japan.”

Townsend names his 31-man squad on September 3 and he believes the result at the Allianz Riviera will be a wake-up call for those players hoping to make the cut.

Townsend – whose side face a return clash with Les Bleus in Edinburgh next Saturday – added: “The team is going to change a lot going into next week’s game so some players won’t get the opportunity to rectify it next week.

“But this is a timely reminder for those playing their first game of the season just how tough international rugby can be if you’re not switched on and don’t make your tackles, as happened a few times tonight.

“We will be demanding a reaction from the players. They will be demanding it too. The target this week will be to show a much truer image of ourselves.”

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