Contrite Jones says: I swear I'm sorry, mum

England rugby head coach Eddie Jones after the match between England and Argentina at Twickenham Stadium, London, Britain, on Nov 11, 2017.
England rugby head coach Eddie Jones after the match between England and Argentina at Twickenham Stadium, London, Britain, on Nov 11, 2017.PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON • England rugby head coach Eddie Jones has apologised for swearing on television after Saturday's stuttering win over Argentina, having received a telling-off from his 93-year-old mother.

Australian Jones, 57, was frustrated by his team's patchy display in their 21-8 victory at Twickenham and his frustration boiled over during a post-match interview.

"I have apologised for the language I used," Jones told the BBC.

"I got a phone call this morning from my mother - who is 93 - rapping me over the knuckles.

"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 doghouse and certainly won't do it again."

He added: "I think everyone was a bit frustrated on Saturday and I was one of them, and I should have shown more self-control.

"Usually I am pretty good and the language I used is not acceptable, and I'll find a different way to express myself in the future."

MOTHER KNOWS BEST

I am in trouble with my mother and that's a big enough punishment for me.

EDDIE JONES, England rugby coach, on being admonished by his 93-year-old mum.

Victory saw England make it 20 wins in 21 Tests under Jones, the only blot on his Red Rose record being a defeat by Ireland in Dublin in March that denied the side a repeat Six Nations Grand Slam.

But the underwhelming win failed to excite the crowd and Jones acknowledged that it had not been the most entertaining match.

"It's like anything, you go to a movie and everyone talks about it and says it's going be fantastic. Then you sit there for two hours and don't enjoy it at all. And that sometimes happens at rugby games," he said.

"Unfortunately, it just doesn't click. It's not a perfect science. If it was a perfect science, we would play brilliant rugby every week, but we don't."

England will have to improve when they face Australia in the second of their autumn internationals on Saturday.

REUTERS, AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 15, 2017, with the headline 'Contrite Jones says: I swear I'm sorry, mum'. Print Edition | Subscribe