Lions boss Warren Gatland locked OUT of England training this week ahead of Six Nations clash against old side Wales

WARREN GATLAND will be locked-out of England's camp ahead of their huge Six Nations showdown with Wales.

The Lions boss has been watching Championship games and meeting coaches ahead of this summer's planned tour of South Africa.

But, just like in 2017, England boss Eddie Jones won't be having ex Wales boss Gatland peeking behind the England curtain ahead of Saturday's huge match in Cardiff.

Jones said of his old sparring partner: "Warren is due to come into camp, but I don't think it will be for the Wales week.

"I caught up with him in the autumn and had a good chat about direction and possible staff. I am sure he is busy looking at games and looking at players and I have my hands full.

"I'm not sure if any English coaches will be involved as it has all gone a bit quiet. All of ours are available and we are keen for them all to go. If he wants anyone, he can take them."

Jones' assistant John Mitchell, a Kiwi compatriot of Gatland, is set to get a Lions job if the tour goes ahead.

Mitchell and Gats were housemates as players at Waikato in New Zealand – and England's defence coach also recently worked in South Africa with The Bulls.

One player Gatland will also be picking if the tour goes ahead, is 2017 Test star Kyle Sinckler.

The prop was man-of-the-match for England's win over Italy after returning from a two-game ban for swearing at a ref.

Boss Jones then compared his tighthead to a "jungle tiger" and warned that he would always have that wild streak ahead of his return to Cardiff, where he blew-up in 2019 after being targeted by Gatland as an "emotional time-bomb".

So this time around, Jones warned Sinckler to expect more dirty tricks.

He said: "Wales got at Kyle in 2019, but he has matured a lot. I am sure there will be another test for him."


And after also admitting that England's "arousal levels" had below where they needed to be for the Six Nations, Jones continues to try and work out how to get his stars to peak in the behind-closed doors games.

He added: "Owen Farrell and his leaders have to find the right arousal level for the team.

"Most players enjoy a hostile crowd because it is the challenge of beating the odds. You can feel it in such an important game – when you win it is the best feeling in the world and when you lose you feel the disappointment.

"We have had the pleasure of winning there a couple of times and we have to find the right mixture of being at our aroused bet but being in control.

"We were over-aroused in 2019, lost our mettle a bit and did not cope with that well. It is getting the right balance.

"The psychology of performance has become even more important given the conditions we are living in. The leadership group has to get them ready from 48 hours to the game."

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