In a week where Sky TV has suspended Jamie Carragher for spitting on a fan out of his car window. A video of Eddie Jones using obscene language at a sponsors’ talk to describe both Wales and Ireland has emerged.

For many, it will come as no great shock to hear of a footballer spitting at someone since Rijkaard’s behaviour at Italia 90. However, rugby is a game fundamentally built on respect and the Irish players will now need no extra motivation in the search of only their third Grand Slam in Ireland’s history.

Will there be any repercussions on Eddie Jones himself or has his success made him untouchable?

Context of comments

Firstly the context of the comments needs to be taken into account. It must be acknowledged that these were intended to add humour in a fashion not dissimilar to any after-dinner speech you might expect from any ex-professional. It is also important to state that to many the action of swearing is almost incomparable to that of spitting. But these comments are still extremely offensive to two nations full of proud individuals. Given Eddie Jones is currently still England head coach these comments are extremely reckless. It should come as no surprise that after two successive losses that this video has emerged.


At the time of writing, Eddie Jones has made a formal apology for his behaviour and the RFU has agreed to apologise to its Welsh and Irish counterparts. No apparent investigation further into the matter. This is in stark contrast to the altercation of Jamie Carragher, which is still pending review. One has to ask the question whether Stuart Lancaster would have been given the same support had similar comments come out after the 2015 Rugby World Cup? Or Warren Gatland when facing a barrage of media criticism after dropping Brian O’Driscoll in 2013?

In what is becoming an overly politically correct world, these comments appear to have rightly been taken as a bit of banter, where someone has waited for the slightest slip in Eddie Jones’ almost impeccable England career to add mounted pressure.

In what has been a difficult period for Eddie Jones in the past few weeks, it will be interesting to see how these comments are viewed if the result on Saturday does not fall in his favour.


Author: Patrick Hanlon

Born in Cardiff and bred in Suffolk. I have grown up with a love of the game and pride myself on watching as much rugby as possible. Alongside watching the sport, I have spent many a cold winter morning travelling to the back-end of nowhere to play.


  1. It’s not on from Eddie, but it’s also not OK that many have taken this as a chance to tar an entire nation with the same brush. I’ve noticed so much hatred creeping into the sport we love, and it needs to be nipped in the bud before we turn into soccer.

    • the rugby.loves instagram page had a post calling mike brown a Pr*ck, and saying it was all banter, and another commentating calling Brown a c**t. Couple with that the hate remark by Berghan (he only justified himself after the fact), and Jones remarks, i feel that rugby is losing that edge of nice off the field, tough on it. As more supporters are encouraged in they will see this as the norm and bring footballs attitudes with them.
      England rugby should have come down hard on Jones; he’s not just our coach he’s meant to lead by example – especially having complained about being abused himself, and not liking it.
      People need to think about their language and how it influences players and supporters alike and what sort of experience they want to see the game delivering.

  2. To be honest if I was an English man I’d be more upset at the lack of respect for the position to speak like that. Banter is banter but respect the office and give the opposition nothing. Joe Schmidt has improved Irish rugby across the board Eddie Jones seems to be in it for himself. Silly and irresponsible. You have the likes of robshaw, Edwards, Farrell and Lancaster trying to change perception back to honest hardworking and teak tough just like theEnglish rugby fan, and then Jones does that. It’s a shame.

  3. Hi Patrick, I find this story a bit sinister. Who on earth sits on something like this for over a year and then tries to blow it out of all proportions? To me this is even less of a story than the POM comments after the Lion’s tour.

      • Hi Paul, I agree totally. It’s come out at a time to try and hurt him most! Nevertheless anyone in such a position of responsibility has to be so careful of what they say nowadays.

  4. My fear is that as rugby turns to professionalism we’ll see more of this, it’s in the nature of professionalism itself

    Money makes people willing to give everything in order to get the win because it implies economic reasons behind them, it’s a sort of “mors tua vita mea” (lathin saying, literally: your death my life) that nowadays we see in many aspects of our lives, none but not least professional sport


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