LONDON (Reuters) – England coach Eddie Jones in contrast new captain Tom Curry to former New Zealand skipper and one of many sport’s greats Richie McCaw and insisted Scotland had been “purple scorching” favourites for Saturday’s Calcutta Cup conflict.
The 23-year-old Curry was named his nation’s youngest skipper in additional than 30 years as he replaces injured Owen Farrell and Courtney Lawes for England’s opening sport of the Six Nations at Murrayfield.
“Captaincy isn’t in regards to the variety of caps. It is about the one that can lead a gaggle of gamers out on the sphere and lead by instance, and there isn’t any higher participant in our squad to do this than Tom Curry,” stated Jones at a information convention on Thursday.
“He jogs my memory of a younger Richie McCaw who could lead on by instance and as his profession progresses there can be different bits and items of his captaincy that go along with that.”
McCaw captained the All Blacks in 110 out of his 148 assessments and gained two Rugby World Cups.
“He (Curry) is a participant who gamers wish to play with, much like Owen,” added the England coach, who continued his behavior of placing opponents on a pedestal as a part of the pre-match posturing.
“It’s the first time I’ve had the experience of going up there when Scotland have been red hot favourites,” Jones stated, seeking to ramp up the strain on the Scots.
“They’re expected to win. Every time their players look at the crowd at Murrayfield they’ll feel that expectation – they’re expected to win. They are red hot favourites and they’ve got to cope with that.
“There’ll be 67,000 fans and they’ll be thinking about all the fans watching the game on the BBC. They have to carry that burden. Every game for us is the same – we’re expected to win, so it’s no different for us.”
(Writing by Mark Gleeson; Editing by Toby Davis)