Jones questions Patchell 'bottle' but Wales laugh off comments

From BBC - February 8, 2018

Wales fly-half Rhys Patchell faces "enormous pressure" and a "massive step up" in the Six Nations on Saturday, says England boss Eddie Jones.

The inexperienced Scarlets playmaker was instrumental as Wales crushed Scotland in Cardiff last weekend.

But Jones feels Patchell is one of a number of Wales players who could "struggle with the expectation".

"It's whether he has the bottle to handle it. We will find out on Saturday," Jones said.

"He has not played much Test rugby at all. He is going to have [Chris] Robshaw at him, [Owen] Farrell at him, [Danny] Care at him - all guys that have played a lot of Test rugby.

"Wales see themselves on a self-proclaimed roll at the moment. So we will see how they deal with Twickenham, and deal with us."

Warren Gatland's side were considered underdogs by some before the match with Scotland, but produced a resounding performance to beat the Scots 34-7.

They have named an unchanged side, with seven of the starting XV having never played an international at Twickenham before.

Wales forwards coach Robin McBryde refused to get involved in any verbal jousting with Jones and backed Patchell's ability to deal with the pressure of the occasion.

'Twickenham is going to be different for them'


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