Eddie Jones apologises for abusive comments about Ireland and Wales
Eddie Jones Eddie Jones apologises for abusive comments about Ireland and Wales â¢ Jones was speaking last July in video that has emerged
â¢ England coach admits words were inexcusable and RFU apologises
Eddie Jones and the Rugby Football Union have both issued apologies after video footage emerged of the England head coach referring to âthe scummy Irishâ and Wales as a âlittle shit placeâ during a speech last year. Jones said he was âvery sorryâ for remarks he concedes were inexcusable.
Jones made the comments during a tal k on leadership for the truck manufacturing company Fuso, the Japanese sister company of the England team sponsor Mitsubishi, last July but they have only come to light now.
England host a grand slam-chasing Ireland side in the final round of this seasonâs Six Nations at Twickenham on Saturday, with Jones desperate for revenge having lost in Dublin last year. âWeâve played 23 Tests and weâve only lost one Test to the scummy Irish,â he told his audience. âIâm still dirty about that game, but weâll get that back, donât worry. Weâve got them next year at home so donât worry, weâll get that back.âCautious CJ Stander keeps Irelandâs Six Nations champagne on ice Read more
Jones was also recorded discussing Wales in the context of Japan Underâ'20s losing 125-0 against their Welsh counterparts shortly after he took over as the Japan head coach in 2012. âWales. Who knows Wales? Are there any Welsh people here? So itâs this little shit place that has got three million people. Three million!â
A spokeswoman for the Rugby Football Union said it would be apologising to both the Irish and Welsh unions for the âinappropriateâ remarks, which Jones also regrets. âI apologise unreservedly for any offence caused â" no excuses and I shouldnât have said what I did,â the head coach said.
It is only a fortnight since Jones was complaining about uncomplimentary references to the English before the Calcutta Cup game last month, after which he was abused by Scottish train passengers. âIf you talk about hate and you talk about rubbing peopleâs nose in the dirt, and all those sorts of things, it incites certain behaviours,â he said. âAre they the sorts of behaviours that we want to see?â
The furore overshadowed a depressing day of fitness updates for England with the announcement of their matchday squad to face Ireland having to be delayed. The captain, Dylan Hartley, and the Lions w inger Elliot Daly are both understood to have endured setbacks in their race to be fit, with Nathan Hughes and Courtney Lawes both facing operations this week on knee ligament injuries sustained in Paris. Hughes is expected to be out for action for 12 weeks and Lawes for up to 14 weeks, effectively ruling both out of Englandâs June tour to South Africa.
Jones will have no option but to name a reshuffled pack when he confirms his starting XV on Thursday morning, with Owen Farrell again standing by to deputise for Hartley as captain.
Englandâs management, meanwhile, have brushed aside any suggestion of sharp practice at Irelandâs expense after it emerged one of the match officials this Saturday visited their camp this week to assist their preparations. South Africaâs Marius van der Westhuizen, an assistant referee this weekend, oversaw a training session in Bagshot at the request of Englandâs coaching staff.
Inviting leading referees in to offer guidance to players is common practice but usually only involves officials with no connection to a teamâs next fixture. World Rugby regulations forbid the pre-game involvement of the actual match referee but make no mention of his assistants, which means England will avoid any official sanctions.
While there is absolutely no suggestion the 34-year-old Van der Westhuizenâs integrity has been compromised, there might be some debate about a potential conflict of interest should Ireland be denied a grand slam by a marginal call favouring the home team. A similar scenario would certainly raise an eyebrow or three in football circles but Englandâs defence coach Paul Gustard has dismissed such concerns. âI see no issue with it at all,â said Gustard. âW hy wouldnât it be appropriate? The opportunity to get foreign referees in to give their viewpoint in how they see things is important for our growth as a squad.â
Ironically the same referee, Jaco Peyper, who awarded a whopping 16 penalties and two freeâ'kicks against England in France will be on the other touchline at Twickenham.Topics
- Eddie Jones
- England rugby union team
- Six Nations 2018
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