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‘We have to respect refs’: Eddie Jones makes Rassie Erasmus dig before South Africa showdown

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England head coach Eddie Jones insists referees must be treated with respect as he once again prepares to face a South Africa team who will be without Rassie Erasmus at Twickenham.Erasmus, the Springboks’ director of rugby, will on Saturday complete a matchday ban incurred for publishing a series of sarcastic tweets criticising officials during the Autumn Nations Series.Wayne Barnes, who oversaw South Africa’s defeat by France on November 12, received abuse on social media as a result of Erasmus’ comments.The mastermind of the Springboks’ 2019 World Cup triumph has only just returned from a year-long suspension for releasing a one-hour video critiquing Australian referee Nick Berry during last year’s Lions tour.“Rassie might come in a laundry box!

That’s been done before hasn’t it? Usually by the Tottenham manager! I’m sure he will get in there somehow,” Jones said.“The only think I’d say is that we have to respect the referees and look after the referees.

They’re an important part of our game. What’s happened, happened,” Jones said.Jones has dropped his two vice-captains Ellis Genge and Jack Nowell as part of four changes to the starting XV that secured a dramatic late draw with New Zealand.Genge is the victim of a revamped front row that sees recalls for prop Mako Vunipola and hooker Jamie George and the Leicester loosehead must settle for a place on the bench, where he is joined by Luke Cowan-Dickie.Alex Coles replaces Sam Simmonds at blindside flanker, providing England with the third line-out option Jones believes is necessary against South Africa, to complete the adjustments to the pack.In the only change to the backs, Tommy Freeman comes in for Nowell in his first appearance since emerging as a hit on the July

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