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Video: England head coach Eddie Jones on video making derogatory remarks about Ireland and Wales

England head coach Eddie Jones is sure to come in for more scrutiny when he faces the media in the wake of his derogatory remarks about Ireland and Wales coming to light. Picture: Adam Davy/PA Wire. 
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England head coach Eddie Jones is sure to come in for more scrutiny when he faces the media in the wake of his derogatory remarks about Ireland and Wales coming to light.

Australian Jones apologised on Wednesday after footage emerged of him referring to Ireland as the "scummy Irish" and Wales as a "little s*** place".

Jones was due to name his team to face NatWest 6 Nations champions Ireland at a media conference on Thursday morning at England's training base at Pennyhill Park in Surrey.

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 face Ireland at Twickenham.

Jones apologised for his comments on Wednesday evening and admitted his choice of words was inexcusable, saying 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!

"We will get that back, don't worry, we have them next year at home, we will get 'em back!"

Earlier in the talk, Jones discusses Japan Under-20s losing to their Welsh counterparts 125-0 shortly after he took over as Brave Blossoms head coach 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."

Jones could be without Dylan Hartley and Elliot Daly for the game against Ireland after both emerged as injury doubts on Wednesday ahead of his team announcement.

Here, PA Sport examines the highs and lows of Jones' tenure to date....


March 2016: Jones enjoyed the perfect start to his reign by presiding over England's first Grand Slam since 2003.

June 2016: The Midas touch was carried into the summer tour to Australia where the Wallabies were swept aside 3-0 in a thrilling Test series.

March 2017: Scotland routed 61-21 to see England equal New Zealand's record of 18 successive Test wins. Defeat by Ireland in the next match ended the run.

January 2018: Having overseen a remarkable streak of 23 wins from 24 Tests, Jones is awarded a two-year contract extension.


January 2017: Attends the Six Nations launch in London with heavy bruising and wounding around his left eye after slipping in the shower earlier that morning.

February 2018: Abused by Scotland fans and then football supporters while using public transport to travel from Edinburgh to London via Manchester.

March 2018: England left one defeat away from enduring their worst Six Nations performance since 2006 following dismal losses to Scotland and France.

March 2018: Footage from a business talk in 2017 shows Jones refer to Ireland as the "scummy Irish" and Wales as a "little s*** country".


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