Eddie Jones moved from defence to attack better than his players today as he dealt with the fall-out from the television pictures of his expletive filled rant as England struggled to defeat Argentina and an unwelcome intrusion into the team’s inner-sanctum at their five star hotel base in Bagshot.
Jones apologised for his reaction to yet another mistake by his players as they laboured to a 21-8 win over the Pumas and revealed his mother had been far from impressed with his language. “I want to apologise for swearing in public and it is not acceptable. I will find a different way to express my frustration in the future.
“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 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.”
However, Jones quickly turned his attention to a member of the English press who had taken down notes from a whiteboard at the entrance to the players’ area last week that is off limits to everyone else in the Pennyhill Park Hotel. The journalist, who it is understood writes a diary column for a mid-market tabloid, is no longer welcome at media briefings and Jones could not hide his anger at what he views as a very serious error of judgement.
He said:”I am very disappointed in the way the media has behaved. We have had a member of your contingent break into our area at the hotel, take photographs of classified information so we are extremely disappointed. I expect more professionalism from the journalist. In the future I would appreciate if you would respect our private areas of the hotel. Yeh, so it’s quite disappointing. I have made my point and that is the end of it.”