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Monday 25 June 2018

Eddie takes presure off his players - Blues' Fardy

WING WONDERS: David Courtney, INM Head of Sport, at last night’s Left Wing podcast with Will Slattery, Robbie Henshaw and Scott Fardy at Kennedy’s on Westland Row Pic: Frank McGrath
WING WONDERS: David Courtney, INM Head of Sport, at last night’s Left Wing podcast with Will Slattery, Robbie Henshaw and Scott Fardy at Kennedy’s on Westland Row Pic: Frank McGrath

Leinster lock Scott Fardy believes that his fellow Australian Eddie Jones is a master in how he manipulates the media in order to take the pressure off his players.

After footage emerged of England's head coach referring to Ireland as the "scummy Irish", Jones was forced to publicly apologise three days out from his side's Six Nations clash against Ireland.

Speaking during The Left Wing's show last night Fardy said:"Look, I'm not going to stick up for him, there's a fair bit of Aussie in it.

"I guess I banter a bit in Leinster as well. We like to give each other a fair bit of crap. But I don't obviously call out a whole nation!

"Eddie does a fantastic job of taking the pressure off his players. That's why he's in the media a lot. He's always in the media to take the pressure of his players.

"Even after the loss, no one talked about the loss to Scotland. They talked about him getting bullied in the car on the way home at the train station.

"He's a very good operator in how he operates in the media. He does take the pressure off his players."

Earlier yesterday England coach Jones has apologised unreservedly for comments made last summer about Wales and Ireland.

The Australian referred to Wales as a "s**t place" and spoke about getting revenge over "the scummy Irish" in a remarkable speech at a business conference in July.

Footage of the speech emerged today ahead of Saturday's final Six Nations game between England and Ireland.

Apologise

"I apologise unreservedly for any offence caused - no excuses and I shouldn't have said what I did. I'm very sorry," he said in a statement issued by the English RFU.

The English union will apologise to the Irish and Welsh unions for any offence caused.

Jones was speaking about his English side losing their unbeaten record in Dublin, when he said: "We've only lost one Test to the scummy Irish.

"I'm still dirty about that game, but we will get 'em back. We will get that back, don't worry, we have them next year (this Saturday) at home, we will get 'em back!"

Earlier, he was talking about the Japan U20s suffering a heavy defeat to their Welsh opposition when he said: "Wales! Who knows Wales? It's this little s**t place that has got three million people - three million!"

England host Ireland at Twickenham on Saturday with Joe Schmidt's side going for a third Grand Slam.

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