London - England rugby coach Eddie Jones has apologised for
making derogatory remarks about Ireland and Wales during a sponsorship event in
Japan last year.
Footage came to light in which Jones referred to the Irish
as "scummy" and Wales as a "little (expletive) place."
The Australian coach says "I apologise unreservedly for
any offence caused - no excuses and I shouldn't have said what I did. I'm very
The England Rugby Football Union said it would apologize to
the Irish and Welsh unions.
Jones was giving a talk on leadership for Fuso, the Japanese
parent company of England sponsor Mitsubishi. It was uploaded by Fuso to
YouTube in July last year, but has been widely spread only this week ahead of
England's match against Ireland in the final round of the Six Nations.
Ireland has already won the tournament and is looking for a
win to clinch the Grand Slam.
Jones will hold a media conference on Thursday after naming
his team for the Ireland game.