Eddie Jones Responds After Scummy Irish Slur Video Emerges
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England boss Eddie Jones has apologised after a video emerged him referring to Ireland as the “scummy Irish” and Wales as a “little shit place”. Jones apologised for his comments on Wednesday evening and admitted his choice of words was inexcusable, saying he was “very sorry”.
The video shows Jones giving a talk on leadership for Fuso, the Japanese parent company of England sponsors Mitsubishi. The video has been online since last year, but only came to light today thanks to Second Captains.
The Rugby Football Union (RFU) said it would apologise to the respective Irish and Welsh unions.
In the talk, Jones said:
“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 shit place that has got three million people. Three million!” Jones said.
In a statement 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.”
An RFU spokeswoman said:
“Eddie has apologised for his inappropriate remarks, and the RFU is also very sorry for any offence caused and will apologise to the IRFU and WRU.”