Eddie Jones: Four men summonsed to court over verbal abuse of England rugby coach

Joe Hall
Follow Joe
England v Ireland - NatWest Six Nations
Jones vowed to avoid using public transport following the incident (Source: Getty)

Four men have been summonsed to appear in court for allegedly verbally abusing England head coach Eddie Jones following his team's Six Nations loss to Scotland in February.

The incident occurred at Manchester Oxford Road station on Sunday 25 February, a day after the defeat at Murrayfield, as Jones travelled by train on a standard class ticket from Edinburgh.

Afterwards, he vowed to avoid using public transport in the future.

The four men, all aged between 22 and 25-years-old and from Edinburgh or nearby, will appear at Manchester and Salford Magistrates' Court on 16 May after being reported for an alleged public order offence by the British Transport Police.

"I'm a human being," said Jones at the time.

"I don't consider myself any different from anyone else, so for me to travel on public transport I thought was okay. But I'll make sure I won't in future. It's as simple as that.

Read more: Scottish Rugby condemn alleged fan abuse of Eddie Jones as England head coach blames Gavin Hastings interview with City A.M.

"I can't because it was shown on Sunday what happens when I do."

The Australian blamed remarks made by former Scotland captain Gavin Hastings in an interview with City A.M. for "inciting" trouble.

Hastings said in the build-up to Scotland's 25-13 win that "as a supporter of one of his opponents you just want to rub his face in the dirt".

"If you're in a position of responsibility you've got to be careful what you say," said Jones following the incident in Manchester.

"If you talk about hate and you talk about rubbing peoples' nose in the dirt, and all those sorts of things, it incites certain behaviours."

Related articles