Eddie Jones struggles to put out the flames of video comments

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

"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".

"If they don't beat Ireland, and they have three hard games against South Africa (in the away series that follows), they can go from a losing streak of three to six very quickly".

"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.

  • Rogelio Becker