Jones says sorry means sorry

International
AFP
by AFP

England coach Eddie Jones says he may pick and choose his corporate engagements in the future in the wake of his video remarks bagging Ireland and Wales.

Jones insisted he was "sincerely" sorry after a video emerged Wednesday in which he referred to Ireland as "scummy" and described Wales as a "s#$^ place".

"I'd just like to say I've apologised for the remarks," Jones told reporters at England's Bagshot training base, southwest of London.

"I sincerely mean that and I really don't have anything else to say on the matter, so I am happy to obviously answer questions on a fantastic game that's coming up but I think the other matter is dead."

Pressed on the issue, he added: "I've made the statement, I don't need to say anything else on it."

Asked if he would have to reconsider corporate engagements in the future, Jones said: "Possibly, yeah. It's something I'll reconsider after the game, the only thing I am worried about at the moment is the game."

He denied his remarks would give Ireland an additional incentive to win on Saturday.

 "Ireland are preparing for a Grand Slam, they don't need any extra motivation."

Jones made 10 changes, three of them positional, following last week's 22-16 loss to France that ended England's hopes of a third successive Six Nations title under their Australian boss.

It was also the first time, following a loss to Scotland, that England had lost two in a row under Jones since he took over after their first-round exit at the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

Wales coach Warren Gatland said on Thursday he had no problems with Jones' remarks.

"Eddie makes a few comments and stuff, it's not offensive to us," Gatland insisted.

"The pressure for England is not about the comments, the pressure's about winning on Saturday. They have to win on Saturday."

Gatland added: "That's how important the game is for them because potentially if England lose against Ireland they then have three games (on tour) against South Africa, so it could go from a losing streak of two to six pretty quickly."

Meanwhile Iain Henderson has replaced Devin Toner in the only change to the Ireland team announced on Thursday.

TEAMS

England team to play Ireland

15. Anthony Watson,

14. Jonny May,

13. Jonathan Joseph,

12. Ben Te'o,

11. Elliot Daly,

10. Owen Farrell,

9.Richard Wigglesworth;

8. Sam Simmonds

7. James Haskell

6. Chris Robshaw,

5. George Kruis

4. Maro Itoje,

3. Kyle Sinckler 

2. Dylan Hartley

1. Mako Vunipola

Reserves:

16. Jamie George

17. Joe Marler

18. Dan Cole

19. Joe Launchbury

20. Don Armand

21. Danny Care

22. George Ford

23.Mike Brown

Ireland team to play England

15. Rob Kearney

14. Keith Earls

13. Garry Ringrose

12. Bundee Aki

11. Jacob Stockdale 

10. Johnny Sexton

9. Conor Murray

8. CJ Stander

7. Dan Leavy

6. Peter O'Mahony

5. Iain Henderson

4. James Ryan

3. Tadhg Furlong

2. Rory Best (c)

1. Cian Healy

Reserves:

16. Sean Cronin

17. Jack McGrath

18. Andrew Porter

19. Devin Toner

20. Jordi Murphy

21. Kieran Marmion

22. Joey Carbery

23. Jordan Larmour