England Rugby head coach Eddie Jones has apologised for comments he made about Ireland and Wales at a leadership talk for Fuso, a sponsor of the English side.
Jones, who is preparing his side for their final Six Nations clash against Ireland this weekend, called them “scummy Irish’, while he referred to Wales as a “little s**t place”.
In the video that was posted last July, Jones said: “We’ve played 23 Tests and have only lost one Test to the scummy Irish. I’m still dirty about that game. But we will get that back!
“We will get that back, don’t worry, we have them next year at home, we will get ’em back!”
Discussing a heavy loss to Wales under-20’s during his time with Japan, he said to the crowd: “Wales. Who knows Wales? Are there any Welsh people here? So it’s this little shit place that has got three million people. Three million!”
In his apology released by the Rugby Football Union, Jones ‘apologised unreservedly’ for the comments.
“I apologise unreservedly for any offence caused – no excuses and I shouldn’t have said what I did. I’m very sorry,” said the 58-year-old.
Ireland visit Twickenham on Saturday having already won the title, but will be looking to end the campaign undefeated and collect the Grand Slam.