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14:34 7 February 2016

FEATURE: Jones wins first match as England coach against Scotland

By Rhyannon Bartlett-Imadegawa
EDINBURGH, Scotland, Feb. 7, Kyodo

Japan's former coach made a winning start with England on Saturday, his new team scoring two tries on the opening day of the Six Nations.

Eddie Jones' side beat Scotland 15-9 in the away game at Murrayfield Stadium on Saturday, leading with a try from George Kruis in the first half and another from Jack Nowell in the second.

It was the first test match for Jones since his spectacular campaign with Japan in the last World Cup, where the Brave Blossoms made headlines with their win against South Africa in the pool stages.

Jones then caught attention again in December when he was appointed England's first foreign coach.

The England-Scotland fixture that contests for the Calcutta Cup is one of the oldest in rugby history and dates back to the 1870's.

Following his first match with England, Jones said, "You come up here, you win the Calcutta Cup, score two tries and you don't get injuries. It's been a good day at the office."

"We kept going, we kept plugging ahead. In the end we won the game easily. We scored two tries to nil. If there was a bonus point we would have gone for four, but there's no bonus point is there?"

Jones added he felt England excelled at set-piece and defense in the second half, and praised his coaching team, which includes Steve Borthwick, formerly Japan's forwards coach.

"Fantastic. Him and (defense coach Paul) Gustard have done a terrific job here in the team," Jones noted.

The game in front of 67,000 and a large media contingent was in stark contrast to Jones' winning debut with Japan on April 28, 2012. That afternoon in Almaty, the Brave Blossoms ran in 13 tries in an 87-0 bloodletting witnessed by a few thousand fans, while only five writers made the trip from Japan to Kazakhstan.

Scotland was the only team the Brave Blossoms lost against during the pool stages of the 2015 World Cup.

Japan will face Scotland in test matches on June 18 at the Toyota Stadium in Aichi Prefecture and on 25 at the Ajinomoto Stadium.

While Highlanders coach Jamie Joseph has been named the new head coach for Japan, he is not joining the Brave Blossoms until August. An interim coach is yet to be announced.




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