Jones apologises for Ireland, Wales slurs

Jacob Stockdale celebrates scoring a try against Scotland as Ireland powered their way to Six Nations glory in Dublin

The comments were made in a talk for Fuso, parent company of England sponsors Mitsubishi.

"Those two can get us on the front foot against Ireland", said Jones of his Saracens half-back combination. Are there any Welsh people here?

Jones said: "I was saying (at the end) to cut out the errors and keep hold of the ball".

"I apologise unreservedly for any offence caused - no excuses and I shouldn't have said what I did".

Second place, not "a s-- little place", has been occupying Wales thoughts in this build-up to France's visit tomorrow evening, but still Alun Wyn Jones could not resist chiding Eddie Jones for his now infamous assessment of the country.

"We will we apologising to the IRFU and WRU".

Joe Schmidt's side head to Twickenham assured of the title, with Eddie Jones's struggling England side the only obstacle in the way of a twelfth straight victory and a third ever grand slam. With England already enduring their worst campaign since 2009, Ireland have the chance to compound the dethroned champions' misery and inflict their third defeat of the championship - something they have not experienced since 2006 in a year that ended with head coach Andy Robinson losing his job.

World Rugby has accepted responsibility, despite both coaches insisting they had faith in Van der Westhuizen's neutrality.

In the week building up to Ireland's trip to Twickenham, footage has emerged showing Eddie Jones talking about 'the scummy Irish'.

"We knew that even though we had won 23 out of 25 we weren't good enough to get where we want to get and we knew we had to change the team and sometimes that hurts".

"Obviously we're really disappointed", Gustard added.

Before consecutive losses to Scotland, France and Ireland, England had won 24 out of 25 tests. The second-row, who featured on the British and Irish Lions tour last summer, has been deployed at blindside flanker this season with Maro Itoje and Joe Launchbury playing at lock, and it further deepens England's back-row concerns given they are running out of experienced Test options.

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One blow which will affect Jones' plans for South Africa was the first-half injury to Anthony Watson.

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