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England rugby coach Eddie Jones 'very sorry' for 'scummy Irish' video

England head coach Eddie Jones during a training session last month. Picture by Adam Davy, Press Association
Duncan Bech, Press Association

ENGLAND rugby coach Eddie Jones has apologised after footage emerged of him referring to the "scummy Irish" and Wales as a "little s*** place".

The video shows Jones giving a talk on leadership for Fuso, the Japanese parent company of England sponsors Mitsubishi.

It was uploaded by Fuso to YouTube in July last year but has only come to light before Saturday's final round of the 2018 Six Nations when England will face Ireland at Twickenham.

Jones last night admitted his choice of words was inexcusable and said he was "very sorry". The Rugby Football Union said it would apologise to the Irish and Welsh unions.

In the talk, Jones told an audience: "We've played 23 Tests and have only lost one Test to the scummy Irish. I'm still dirty about that game. But we will get that back!"

Earlier in the talk, Jones discusses Japan Under-20s losing to their Welsh counterparts 125-0 in 2012.

"Wales. Who knows Wales? Are there any Welsh people here? So it's this little s*** place that has got three million people. Three million!" he said.

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

An RFU spokeswoman said: "Eddie has apologised for his inappropriate remarks, and the RFU is also very sorry for any offence caused and will apologise to the IRFU and WRU."

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