New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen has admitted he has plenty of sympathy for his England counterpart Eddie Jones. The reigning world champions head to Twickenham on Saturday for a long-awaited Test match between two contenders for the World Cup in Japan next year.
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Having made a superb start to the England job, Jones has come in for some criticism this year after the Red Rose had to settle for fifth spot in the 2018 Six Nations.
However, England got back to winning ways with a 12-11 win over South Africa last time out and Hansen says he is aware of the “pressure” on Jones’ shoulders.
Hansen said: “The only people that don’t understand what it’s like to be a head coach of an international team are the people who’ve never been one. “There’s a lot of pressure there, all the time, whether you’re winning or losing.
It comes just in a different wrapper. “And the expectations when you coach a top side like England are, you’re expected to win, and play well. “Eddie more than anybody understands that. So he’s not too bothered by it. But you know that, you know that there’s going to be pressure with the job, and you accept that and you get on with it.”