Six Nations 2018: England fly in Georgia for scrum practice as Eddie Jones launches fierce defence of Mike Brown

England will fly Georgia over this week to continue their quest to develop the perfect set-piece, with Eddie Jones pitting his pack up against the “biggest, ugliest, strongest scrum” in the world.

The head coach was unsurprisingly pleased with England’s defensive effort in the 12-6 victory over Wales on Saturday evening as his side surged to an early lead before defiantly holding out their opponents, and while the hosts failed to score a point after Jonny May’s 19th-minute converted try, there were few arguing that the win was not deserved.

But while plenty of attention has been given to Gareth Anscombe’s disallowed try and the potentially match-saving tackle on Scott Williams from replacement flanker Sam Underhill, it did not go unnoticed that England got sent backwards at a speed of knots in at least two scrums by the Welsh pack.

Having organised a midweek training session against Wales last November, Jones has done the same to prepare for England’s next Six Nations clash with Scotland a week on Saturday by inviting Georgia to fly in to London for a similar set-piece session.

“We’ve got Georgia coming next week, to train with us for two days,” Jones said. “We’ll do scrums and lineouts against them on Tuesday and Wednesday. Then on Friday we’ll have a run at Twickenham, then we’ll give the guys a break then prepare specifically for Scotland.”

He added: “We want to have the best scrum in the world and they’re the biggest, ugliest, strongest scrum pack in the world. Why wouldn’t we want to scrummage against them? It’s fantastic. We’re good friends with their two coaches; Milton Haig and Richard Graham – a Kiwi and an Aussie. They were keen on the idea and it suits us perfectly. We will use the fallow week to do it.

“We want to win the Six Nations but we’re also using this as a trial for the World Cup, so it’s a great opportunity for us to…

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