5 Jan 2009

Eddie Jones unimpressed by ELVs

5:16 am on 5 January 2009

The former Wallabies rugby coach Eddie Jones has hit out at the new experimental law variations after his Saracens team lost to Gloucester 22-16 in the English Premiership.

Jones is also furious at being forced to do without England captain Steve Borthwick after England manager Martin Johnson ordered all his internationals be rested from this round of Premiership matches.

Jones says it's ridiculous the best English players weren't playing in the Premiership.

Regarding the ELVs Jones says the International Rugby Board have made the laws so difficult for referees to referee and the game is immeasurably worse than it was 12 months ago.

Meanwhile London Irish have thrashed strugglers Newcastle 48-8 to regain top spot from Bath, who play Leicester next.

Basement club Bristol have been beaten 30-8 by Northampton.