England coach Eddie Jones apologises for insulting Ireland and Wales

The Irish are riding high after their victory over Scotland clinched a Six Nations title and the world's No 2 ranking

However, England were never in a game in which Ireland proved to be far superior in both defensive and attacking aspects.

An RFU spokeswoman said: "Eddie has apologised for his inappropriate remarks, and the RFU is also very sorry for any offence caused and will apologise to the IRFU and WRU". I sincerely mean that.

England missed out on defending their Six Nations title with defeat to France last weekend crowning Ireland champions.

The big problem for England, though, is not what Jones says, or what Ireland can achieve, but whether they turn up or not.

Until this season, the only match England had lost since Jones took over following their first-round exit at the 2015 World Cup was when Ireland denied them a Grand Slam with a 13-9 victory in Dublin a year ago.

"They are not directly relevant to us, to be honest", Schmidt said in response to Jones's "scummy" jibe.

There are changes to the pack too with Dan Cole dropped for Kyle Sinckler at prop and George Kruis picked ahead of Joe Launchbury in the second row. Defensively they have got to be solid, provide some good line speed and then in attack either create quick ball or play off the back of quick ball.

"It's good to have Dylan back from injury, he trained superbly yesterday (Wednesday)".

"We have to keep working at our game, look at how we can improve".

"Looking back at Scotland we were probably over-aroused and sometimes it looks like lethargy and again that was my responsibility, I got it wrong".

During the Captain's Run at Twickenham on Friday morning, wearing their full kit as usual, the England squad seemed to place an added focus on power as the players went through various vigorous training exercises.

"That's the nice part of leadership, you're job is to get the most out of each person and to do that, you want them to work together and be a regulated self-driven thing. I'm happy to answer questions on the fantastic game that is coming up but I think the other matter is dead".

"At halfback Danny (Care) plays off the back of quick ball, where as we think Wigglesworth can create some for us".

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.

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