Mum’s the word as Jones apol­o­gises

Eng­land coach re­ceives ver­bal hid­ing for foul-mouthed out­burst

The New Age (Gauteng) - - SPORT -

ED­DIE Jones has said sorry for a foul-mouthed out­burst dur­ing Eng­land’s 21-8 vic­tory over Ar­gentina at Twick­en­ham at the week­end af­ter be­ing told off by his 93­year­old mother.

The Eng­land coach vented his anger dur­ing the sec­ond half, with TV cam­eras show­ing him slam­ming down a note­book in the coach’s box in the sec­ond half and mouthing “F*ck, how f*ck­ing stupid are we?” in what he later la­belled a “grindathon”.

Af­ter is­su­ing an apol­ogy, the Aus­tralian said a rep­ri­mand from his mother had left its mark above and be­yond all other crit­i­cism.

“I got a phone call this morn­ing from my mother, who is 93, rap­ping me over the knuck­les,” Jones said.

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

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

“Usu­ally I am pretty good and I have apol­o­gised for the lan­guage I used. It’s not ac­cept­able and I’ll find a dif­fer­ent way to ex­press my­self in the fu­ture.”

Vic­tory saw Eng­land make it 20 wins in 21 Tests un­der Jones, the only blot on his coach’s Red Rose record a de­feat by Ire­land in Dublin in March that de­nied the side a re­peat Six Na­tions Grand Slam.

As for a fal­ter­ing dis­play against the Pu­mas, Jones said he had to carry the can.

“I thought our ef­fort and ap­pli­ca­tion were first class. Ar­gentina are a dif­fi­cult team, but I ob­vi­ously didn’t coach the team well enough,” Jones said.

“It’s my fault the team didn’t play well so I take full re­spon­si­bil­ity for that. I just didn’t coach them well enough.”

Mean­while Eng­land full­back Mike Brown could yet fea­ture against Aus­tralia at Twick­en­ham on Satur­day de­spite land­ing heav­ily on his head and go­ing off in the 22nd minute fol­low­ing an aerial chal­lenge with Joaquin Tu­culet that saw his Pu­mas coun­ter­part shown a yel­low card.

Two years ago, the Har­lequins No15 had a lengthy spell on the side­lines af­ter be­ing knocked out against Italy.

“Mike is do­ing re­ally well,” Jones said.

“He did some bike to­day (Mon­day). There are set pro­to­cols on re­turn to play and he’s pro­gress­ing pretty well. I’d think that at this stage he’s still in con­tention.

“The med­i­cal staff are very in tune with the play­ers’ wel­fare. That’s at an ab­so­lute pre­mium and that’s the first thing we take into con­sid­er­a­tion.” – AFP

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