What Ireland fans are saying about Eddie Jones is pure banter

Pauline Gross
March 18, 2018

"We will get that back, don't worry, we have them next year at home, we will get 'em back!"

England were without injured powerhouse No 8 Billy Vunipola for the entire Six Nations and fellow back-row forwards Nathan Hughes, Courtney Lawes, Sam Underhill and Tom Curry were missing from the Ireland match. Exeter's Dom Armand, the stand-out back rower in the Premiership this season but ignored by Jones since making his sole global appearance off the bench in Argentina a year ago, is among the replacements.

In the talk, Jones told an audience: "We've played 23 Tests and have only lost one Test to the scummy Irish".

"Te'o and JJ (Jonathan Joseph) have a big job to do".

"We were able to as we had injury dispensation with a couple of players so we managed to hold back some more numbers which was good for our preparation".

England's glaring problem in the last two games has been at the breakdown, where Jones hopes the abrasive Haskell and mobile Simmonds will arrive a touch more quickly than the men they are replacing.

"He brings energy and enthusiasm, he's a tough guy and he's a good captain".

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"We're not hiding from it, we know it's an area we have to improve in and we put in lots of work for the last two weeks", said Hatley.

Jones was forced to apologise on Wednesday night after footage emerged of the Australian referring to the newly-crowned champions as the "scummy Irish" and Wales as a "little s*** country" during a talk on leadership given a year ago.

The video, recorded last July, shows Jones giving a talk on leadership for Fuso - the Japanese parent company of England sponsor Mitsubishi.

He rejected on Thursday, however, the suggestion that Joe Schmidt's team would pay the comments much attention. I would say they ( the players) are angry and I'd say they're competitive as well.

Speaking publicly on the matter for the first time at England's team announcement press conference yesterday, Jones refused to expand on his remarks beyond issuing a further apology.

"I sincerely mean that and I really don't have anything else to say on the matter. Ireland are worthy champions but we are going out there to prove that we are still a very, very good team and we will prove that on Saturday".

The 32-year-old, who has been capped 116 times by Wales, has made 223 appearances for Pro14 side Ospreys since 2005.

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