Eddie Jones struggles to put out the flames of video comments
- Author: Rogelio Becker Mar 18, 2018,
Mar 18, 2018, 1:14
"We've played 23 Tests and we've only lost one to the scummy Irish".
'I love it. This is what we get paid for as coaches'. Jones' remark is around the 17:30 mark.
Who knows Wales? Are there any Welsh people here? Are there any Welsh people here?
He also labelled Wales a "little s*** place".
An Irish Rugby Football Union spokesman confirmed that they had received a phone call from their English counterparts to apologise for Jones' remarks, although it's also understood that the 58-year-old will not face any disciplinary action from the RFU.
"I apologise unreservedly for any offence caused - no excuses and I shouldn't have said what I did".
"We will we apologising to the IRFU and WRU".
The Grand Slam is the prize at stake for Joe Schmidt's men at Twickenham, while Jones is hoping his deposed NatWest 6 Nations champions halt a losing run that spans dismal defeats to Scotland and France.
As you would imagine, those comments went down like a lead brick in Cardiff and Dublin as Jones was forced to apologise for his awful comments.
Jones has backed his players to come through this bout of adversity with long-standing captain, hooker Dylan Hartley, back to lead the charge after recovering from a calf injury.
What may not be so easily avoided, however, is a third straight Six Nations defeat for the first time since 2006. "They're available for selection".
"But we'll get that back, don't worry".
"Obviously we're really disappointed", Gustard added.
"They've got a very distinct style of play and we feel those two are going to get us on the front foot".
Wasps No 8 Hughes was injured in the 24th minute of Saturday's 22-16 loss at the Stade de France and was forced off the field in obvious pain after teammate Joe Launchbury and French fly-half Francois Trinh-Duc were cleaned out of a ruck and landed on his left leg.
The former Wallaby and Japan boss was appointed to his current post after tournament hosts England suffered the embarrassment of a first-round exit at the 2015 World Cup.