Eddie Jones reignites old feud with Johnny Sexton as suggests fly-half gets preferential treatment

Farrell has been nursing a sore hip following a late hit from Springbok centre Andre Esterhuizen and Jones suggested Sexton would have got more protection.

Eddie Jones has again hit out at Johnny Sexton while discussing Owen Farrell's sore hip

'If he was Johnny Sexton, then we'd be able to complain about him, but because he's Owen Farrell he's allowed to be hit late,' said Jones.

'He gets up and he plays on. He'll be like that this week.' 

The firebrand coach's comments are sure to attract plenty of controversy following his verbal attack on Sexton in the lead-up to Ireland's Six Nations meeting with England at Twickenham in 2016.

Sexton was recovering from what was described as a 'whiplash' injury suffered during Ireland's 10-9 defeat by France in Paris and Jones lit the touchpaper with some controversial comments on his wellbeing.

'Sexton is an interesting one, they've talked about him having a whiplash injury which is not a great thing to talk about,' Jones said at the time.

'I'm sure his mother and father would be worried about that. Hopefully, the lad's all right to play on Saturday.' 

It has previously been claimed Sexton gets preferential treatment from referees during games

Jones later apologised for his comments and said he would apologise to Sexton 'at the right time', but his latest attack will not go down well on this side of the Irish Sea.

Ireland welcome England to Dublin for their opening game of the 2019 Six Nations on February 2 and Jones's barb is sure to heighten tensions between both camps.

Last month, Wales flanker Ross Moriarty received a yellow card for a late hit on Sexton during the Dragons' 52-10 loss at the RDS and claimed he gets preferential treatment from referees.

'Most players will have had something happen to them if they hit Johnny Sexton off the ball because obviously, he has a big pull in the game these days which is quite sad.' Sexton, who was nominated for the prestigious World Player of the Year award, was named in Joe Schmidt's starting line-up for tomorrow night's game against Argentina at Lansdowne Road.

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