Football, Rugby, UFC, GAA
All free when you join eir Broadband
England head coach Eddie Jones is happy for his side to display a controlled arrogance when they take part in the Six Nations Championship.
England, having last become 6N champions in 2011, exited last autumn's World Cup at the group stage.
Jones, the replacement for Stuart Lancaster, wants his side to develop and feel a channelled sense of superiority.
“Arrogance is only bad when you lose," the former Australia and South Africa coach said ahead of side's opening clash of the championship, against Scotland at Murrayfield on Saturday evening.
"If you are winning and you are arrogant, then it is self-belief. We’re going to believe we are going to be the best team in the world. If that’s being arrogant, then it is being arrogant. To me it is belief about what we can be.
“We’ve just jumped in the pool and we’re only at the shallow end at the moment. We’ve still got the deep end to go.
"By Saturday night, we’re going to know a lot more about the team, and I think it’s going to be pretty good.”
Jones recently labelled the Scots as favourites to win the weekend's Calcutta Cup clash, bringing a reaction from Scotland boss Vern Cotter and resulting in accusations of psychological warfare.
“I know he was upset about that, so I apologise to Vern," said the former New South Wales hooker.
"If you want me to write a letter, I’ll write a letter of apology.
"We’re happy to be favourites. We’ve had a good preparation and we’ll go in there confident about playing well.”
By David Maher