Thursday, 26 April, 2018

Eddie Jones apologises for 'scummy Irish' slur

England rugby coach Eddie Jones and Elliot Daly GETTYEddie Jones could once again be without Elliot Daly this weekend
Lucia Summers | 17 March, 2018, 08:39

The video shows Jones addressing a conference at Fuso, the parent company of England sponsors Mitsubishi, a year ago where he referred to the Irish as "scummy" and described Wales as a "shit place".

"I'm still dirty about that game, but we will get 'em back".

"I don't think the pressure for England is about the comments".

In his apology, released by the RFU, Jones said: "I apologise unreservedly for any offence caused - no excuses and I shouldn't have said what I did".

"Eddie talks a lot", Jones said.

Jones, who has completed three tours with the British and Irish Lions, signed his first NDC in March 2015 and re-signed in 2016. "I said at the start of the tournament they're a good team and they've proved that - they're worthy champions of the Six Nations".

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Jones was talking about working together as a team when he couldn't help but have a pop at Ireland. However, despite admitting that his men were outplayed, he clearly harboured some ill-will towards Joe Schmidt's men.

Jones did concede "possibly yes" when asked if he would consider his public utterances in the future.

The video, recorded last July, shows Jones giving a talk on leadership for Fuso - the Japanese parent company of England sponsor Mitsubishi. "It's something I'll reconsider after he game, the only thing I am anxious about at the moment is the game". It was uploaded by Fuso in July a year ago but only came to light on Wednesday.

Ireland face opposition undergoing radical surgery in the form of 10 changes, three of them positional switches, following the 22-16 defeat by France in Paris five days ago.

Owen Farrell moves to fly-half with Ben Te'o and Jonathan Joseph forming a new look centre partnership and Elliot Daly has recovered from his foot injury to continue on the left wing.

There are significant changes to the pack too with Dan Cole dropped for Kyle Sinckler at prop and George Kruis picked ahead of Joe Launchbury in the second row.

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