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Jones 'very sorry' for Irish, Welsh jibes

Jones 'very sorry' for Irish, Welsh jibes

Eddie Jones has issued an "unreserved" apology after a video emerged in which he labelled Ireland "scummy" and Wales a "little s*** place", with the Rugby Football Union having to also apologise to their Irish and Welsh counterparts. "I'm very sorry", he said in an RFU statement.

Don Armand is ready to play anywhere in England's back row after being called up as No8 cover for Exeter colleague Sam Simmonds ahead of their Six Nations finale against Ireland.

"I'm still dirty about that game but we'll get that back, don't worry".

The English RFU said it would apologise to the sport's ruling bodies in Ireland and Wales and a spokesperson described Jones's comments as "inappropriate".

Until this season, the only match England had lost since Jones took over following their first-round exit at the 2015 World Cup was when Ireland denied them a Grand Slam with a 13-9 victory in Dublin past year.

"I have never found revenge to be a positive motivation because I don't think it's a sustainable motivation", said Jones, who disclosed that he is still in the market for adding a specialist attack coach to his management team, although not imminently.

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But boss Jones claims he asked Van der Westhuizen to visit Pennyhill Park before he was even named as an official for the game.

Jones coached in Japan for six years before taking on the England head coaching job following a brief stint with the Stormers. But they have yet to be beaten at Twickenham since Australian coach Eddie Jones took charge following their first-round exit on home soil at the 2015 World Cup.

"Invariably when your teams and your players are confident on the back of good club form that shows its head in worldwide jerseys as well".

Later bringing up Wales, after they defeated the Japanese Under 20s team 125-0, Jones went on to say: "Wales, who knows Wales?" So it's this little s*** place that has got three million people. "Three million!" Jones said.

"Both were part of training today, we were monitoring them for the first couple of days, but they took part today", said Gustard. I think we will see a great response from them.