England head coach Eddie Jones apologises for Ireland and Wales slurs

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18 March, 2018

I'm still dirty about that game. Hatley said: "Yes, I think without question Kyle is finding the balance".

Is he right? Well, Ireland counterpart Joe Schmidt believes so.

"Those words don't impact on how we play or how his team plays and that's our focus".

Jones said: "I apologise unreservedly for any offence caused - no excuses and I shouldn't have said what I did".

Coverage: Live on BBC One Wales, BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Cymru & BBC Sport website and BBC Sport app, plus live text commentary.

It is the first time during Jones's 27-Test reign that England have entered reverse, but the Australian is embracing the uncertainty that has engulfed his regime.

Jones had vowed to gain revenge for Ireland's win over England in Dublin a year ago, which denied them a clean sweep and halted their record-equalling 18-match winning run.

"Ireland are preparing for a Grand Slam, they don't need any extra motivation", Jones said.

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But the visitors dug in and got the first points on the board when Laidlaw stroked over a routine penalty in the 13th minute. Scotland captain John Barclay conceded a penalty in his half but Sexton, again, kicked for touch rather than the posts.

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Ireland kicked off having both deposed England as Six Nations champions and in second place in the global rankings behind world champions New Zealand.

Scotland routed 61-21 to see England equal New Zealand's record of 18 successive Test wins.

"But we'll get that back, don't worry".

"It's good to have Dylan back from injury, he trained superbly yesterday (Wednesday)". We've got them next year at home.

"Every team I have had that has been a champion team has had these runs which have been instrumental in how you re-make a team", added Jones, Australia's coach when they lost the 2003 World Cup final to England. "We gave them too many penalties at the start of the game which allowed them to get a big lead".

Jones praised Ireland by saying: "They played exceptionally well and we just weren?t good enough". "We're disappointed for them, we wish them the best for their recovery, we've got close links with the players individually and we'll be in touch with their physios so we're part of their rehab process and it's an opportunity for somebody else".

What we can expect from England is a direct approach, one based around reliable kicking from the Wigglesworth-Farrell axis, and plenty of one-out carries from the likes of Sinckler and Haskell in an effort to go toe-to-toe with Ireland's approach.

England had wanted to bring in a Southern Hemisphere official in order to help them adapt to what will be different breakdown demands from match referee Angus Gardner.

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