Eddie Jones warns England hero Marcus Smith to avoid ‘poison’ from media


  • Jones praises Smith after 27-26 win over South Africa
  • ‘It’s a day I’ll never forget’ says fly-half after victory

Marcus Smith paid tribute to England’s World Cup-winning fly-half Jonny Wilkinson after his last-minute penalty clinched a famous one-point win over South Africa in fairytale fashion. Smith was given a masterclass in training by Wilkinson this week before going on to nail the 80th-minute kick to steer England to a dramatic 27-26 victory, avenging the 2019 World Cup final defeat.

Smith, 22, was making only his fourth England start and Jones has tipped the mercurial fly-half for big things, provided he doesn’t get “too much poison poured into his head”. It was a statement that echoed Jones’s recent warning about the pitfalls of fame, using the example of Emma Raducanu to do so.

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Written by Gerard Meagher at Twickenham
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