“Eddie walked past me earlier and said ‘let’s get ready for a few grenades’,” said Schmidt. “He told me he was going to keep them coming!
“He’s incredibly hard to read, because you don’t know if he means what he’s saying or if he’s joking.
“I think it keeps it fresh, it keeps it entertaining. It does make me think ‘is he serious about that?’.
“Is Jack Nowell going to play seven? Is (Mark) Wilson going to play there, or (Tom) Curry? It does keep the opposition guessing.
“We are training in Portugal at the moment just 15 minutes away from England – and Eddie said he might whip across and have a look. And because that’s topical at the moment, he just throws that into the conversation.