Six Nations

Jones sports black eye at Six Nations launch

2017-01-25 13:08

London - England coach Eddie Jones arrived at the Six Nations launch in London on Wednesday with a bruised face.

The Australian, yet to lose as match as England coach since taking over following the 2015 World Cup, had a wound dressing around his left eye, which was bruised.

Jones hurt himself during a fall, a Rugby Football Union spokesperson said, refusing to give further details.

But with Jones set to face questioning from reporters, he was expected to give his own version of what happened to him, later on Wednesday.

Meanwhile it appeared that Dylan Harley had been confirmed as England captain for the tournament.

The Northampton hooker, who last season led England to a Six Nations Grand Slam, took to the stage at the launch alongside rival Six Nations captains for a question and answer session.

Hartley was given a six-week ban after being sent off for striking Sean O'Brien during Northampton's defeat by Leinster on December 3.

But despite his recent lack of match action, the New Zealand-born front-row is on course to lead England in their Six Nations opener against France at Twickenham on February 4.

Hartley, asked about his fitness, replied: "We did this last year talking about me, I'm here on behalf of the team.

"The challenge is to use this week as best we can to get the preparation right for a huge first game."

Eddie Jones (Getty Images)

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