Six Nations 2016: Wales and England spar over scrum

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Eddie Jones accuses Wales of 'terribly illegal scrummaging'
Six Nations: England v Wales
Venue: Twickenham Date: Saturday, 12 March Kick-off: 16:00 GMT
Coverage: Live commentary on BBC Radio 5 live & BBC Sport website and BBC Sport app, plus live text commentary on BBC Sport website

England and Wales have accused each other of illegal scrummaging before the Six Nations showdown at Twickenham.

The two teams go into the game unbeaten, with England topping the table with three wins.

Asked if Saturday's opponents have scrummaged illegally during the tournament, England head coach Eddie Jones said: "100%. Terribly illegally."

Wales forwards coach Robin McBryde highlighted England's Joe Marler as a frequent infringer at the scrum.

"He definitely needs to scrummage legally otherwise we will be pointing our finger," said McBryde.

Wales, who are one point behind Six Nations leaders England with two games remaining, felt harshly done by at the scrum in their 28-25 win over England in the pool stage of last year's World Cup.

Six Nations schedule
Date (All times GMT)FixtureCoverage
Sat, 12 Mar (13:30 KO)Ireland v ItalyITV and BBC Radio
Sat, 12 Mar (16:00 KO)England v WalesITV and BBC Radio 5 live
Sun, 13 Mar, (15:00 KO)Scotland v FranceBBC One and BBC Radio

"We were very disappointed in that England game to fall on the wrong side of decisions and we felt the problem lay elsewhere," he said.

McBryde said loose-head Marler had been "found out" when England lost to Australia in their next World Cup game.

Jones says he is "quite upset" by the Welsh approach to the set-piece.

The Australian reckons his side have a stronger scrum, adding that England "will get an advantage" if the laws are enforced.

"They play the laws very well," the Australian told BBC Radio 5 live. "They pre-engage all the time, which is against the laws of the game.

"Then they get penalised one or two times at the start of the game, but the referee gets sick of penalising it.

Six Nations table

"Because if the referee keeps penalising it, you know what happens? The referee gets criticised.

"We really want to have a scrum contest on Saturday - it's an important part of the game - so we are really hopeful the referee enforces the law in that area."

Jones added: "If you are the referee and you keep penalising Wales for pre-engaging, then all the smart guys in the commentators' box say this referee is ruining the game.

"But they are not ruining the game, it's the team that is scrummaging illegally which is ruining the game. So we want the referee to be really hard. If he has to ruin the game, he has to ruin the game."

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