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RFU Warn Jones Over Controversial Comments And Expect A Winning November

The RFU have warned Eddie Jones over his controversial comments which he made during the 2018 Six Nations. 

Jones was quoted as saying Wales was a “s**t little place” and also referred to Ireland as “scummy Irish”. Jones also had a pop later in the year at Bath owner Bruce Craig, who Jones referred to him as the “Donald Trump of rugby.”

RFU Chief Executive Steve Brown admits those comments were regrettable.

“I have spoken to him about those (remarks),” Brown told The Mirror. “I don’t think they reflect his underlying feelings, but that is not what we are about. Everyone is clear about that now.

“We should never have those things played out in public but we are talking about people in very intense situations, so I guess it is reasonable to expect that sometimes people don’t behave exactly as you want them to.”

Jones is under pressure after losing five of England’s last six Test matches (six of seven if you include the loss to the Barbarians in Twickenham). The RFU have invested heavily in the redevelopment of Twickenham’s East Stand to maximise corporate hospitality and top-ranging tickets for England’s November internationals are up to £195 – as a result, the pressure is on to deliver on the pitch.

“The results this autumn are critical,” Brown added. “We’re opening a great big new hospitality suite here, we’re selling the place out four times over.

“It’s really important that England don’t just turn up but that they perform. Results are always really important, never more so than now.”

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Author: Sean McMahon

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