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Play smart, says Jones; ENGLAND v SOUTH AFRICA TWICKENHAM 2.30pm.

EDDIE Jones has compared England's autumn opener against South Africa to the 'Rumble in the Jungle' between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman.

England, the grand slam champions, are targeting a first victory in the fixture since 2006, a barren spell spanning 12 Tests, and Jones insists that standing toe-to-toe with opponents who view the game as "chess with steroids" is the path to defeat.

To illustrate his point, he recalls how Ali overcame Foreman in the eighth round of their heavyweight showdown in Zaire in 1974 by using 'rope-a-dope' tactics.

"Against a physically aggressive side, you've got to play smart," Jones said.

"We won't be shying away from the physical side of the game, but when Muhammad Ali fought George Foreman, if he went toe-totoe with him he was going to lose, so he had to find other ways of getting around him.

"We don't want to go toe-to-toe with South Africa because that's what they want to do.

"Rugby is always physical. It's not a different challenge. The challenge for us is to be tactically smart."

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Geographic Code:6SOUT
Date:Nov 12, 2016
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