Jones apol­o­gises for swear­ing on TV

New Straits Times - - Sport -

LONDON: Eng­land head coach Ed­die Jones has apol­o­gised for swear­ing on tele­vi­sion af­ter Satur­day’s stut­ter­ing win over Ar­gentina — hav­ing re­ceived a telling-off from his 93-year-old mother.

Aus­tralian Jones, 57, was frus­trated by his team’s patchy per­for­mance in their 21-8 vic­tory at Twick­en­ham and his frus­tra­tion boiled over dur­ing a post-match in­ter­view.

“I have apol­o­gised for the lan­guage I used,” Jones told the BBC. “I got a phone call this morn­ing from my mother who is 93 rap­ping me over the knuck­les.”

“I am in trouble with my mother and that’s a big enough pun­ish­ment for me. She still tells me not to swear. I am in the dog­house and cer­tainly won’t do it again.”

Eng­land’s un­der­whelm­ing win failed to ex­cite the crowd and Jones ac­knowl­edged that it had not been the most en­ter­tain­ing match.

“I think every­one was a bit frus­trated on Satur­day and I was one of them, and I should have shown more self-con­trol,” he said.

“It’s like any­thing, you go to a movie and every­one talks about it and says it’s go­ing be fan­tas­tic. Then you sit there for two hours and don’t en­joy it at all. And that some­times hap­pens at rugby games.

“Un­for­tu­nately, it just doesn’t click. It’s not a per­fect sci­ence. If it was a per­fect sci­ence, we would play brilliant rugby ev­ery week, but we don’t.”

Eng­land will have to im­prove when they face Aus­tralia in the sec­ond of their au­tumn internationals on Satur­day. Reuters

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