He may be one of the most respected and feared coaches in world sport, but that does not make Eddie Jones immune to a dressing down from his nonagenarian mother.
The 57-year-old England coach has vowed to clean up his act after revealing that his foul-mouthed outburst during Saturday’s laboured win over Argentina prompted a scolding from Mrs Jones.
“I’d like to apologise for swearing in public. It’s not acceptable so I apologise for that and I’ll find a different way to express my frustration in the future,” said the Tasmanian.
“I got in trouble from my mother. My mother, who’s 93, rang up from Australia saying ‘please don’t swear’. So it’ll be the last time I swear. But I was frustrated that we didn’t play better, I think everyone was a bit frustrated, and sometimes you can’t control yourself.”
Jones said he accepted responsibility for England’s misfiring performance in their first autumn international at Twickenham but, with a little more distance, could now appreciate the positives.
“That win for us was an important win. You’ve got to win those games when you’re not at your best,” he added.
“Whilst we’re upset that we didn’t play better, we’re also proud of the fact that we found a way to win. When you win the World Cup you’ve got to win seven games in a row and there’s one of those games you’re not going to be at your best and you’ve got to find a way.”
England welcome Jones’s former side Australia next to Twickenham on Saturday.