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Eddie Jones makes public apology...before attacking journalist's 'professionalism'

By Chris Jones
England head coach Eddie Jones

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.

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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.”

These two incidents dominated the build up to the clash with Australia at Twickenham on Saturday with England having won the last four meetings between the teams.

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Shaylen 7 hours ago
Ireland and South Africa share the same player development dilemma

These guys will be utility players Nick it cannot be helped because coaches cannot help themselves. Rassie looks at players like these and sees the ability to cover multiple positions without losing much. It allows the 6-2 or 7-1. He wont change his coaching style or strategy for one player. At provincial level players like these are indispensable. If there is an injury to your starting 12 but your back up 12 is a bit iffy then a coach is going to go with the back up 10 who is gold and who can play a good 12. Damian Willemse for the Springboks is an obvious case, for the Stormers its the same. Dobson plays him at 12 or 15, with Gelant in the team he plays 12 but if Gelant goes down he doesnt go for his back up 15, he just puts Willemse there. With Frawley its the same at international and provincial level. He just slots in wherever. Frans Steyn made a career out of it. He was much maligned though as a youngster as he never fully developed into any role. He then went to Japan and France to decide for himself what kind of player he was, put on muscle and retained his big boot, ran over players and booted the ball long and came back into the Springboks after about 3 years away and was then certain about how he wanted to play the game no matter what position. Coaches cannot help themselves because they only want what is best for their teams and that means putting your most talented players on even if it means you cause them some discomfort. Sometimes players need to decide how they want to play the game and then adapt that to every position and let the coach decide how they want to use them.

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