Eddie Jones struggles to put out the flames of video comments

Armand cuts short daughter's swimming lesson to answer England call

Jones apologized "unreservedly" on Wednesday after the emergence of footage - filmed at an event previous year - in which he could be heard to call the Irish "scummy" and Wales "a little sh- place".

Jones also redirected any and all criticism towards World Rugby referees chief Alain Rolland following the outcry about Saturday's touch judge Marius van der Westhuizen coming into England camp to work on their glaring failures at the breakdown. "They are not directly relevant to us to be honest".

Former Australia and Japan coach Jones, in an apology released by England's governing Rugby Football Union, said: "I apologise unreservedly for any offence caused - no excuses and I shouldn't have said what I did".

"Ireland are preparing for a Grand Slam - they don't need any extra motivation".

England head into Saturday's match on the back of the first real dip of Jones' reign after successive defeats by Scotland and France ended their hopes of a third straight Six Nations title under the outspoken coach.

He'll be replaced by one of the best officials in the business, Nigel Owens.

There is a new-look midfield partnership of Ben Te'o and Jonathan Joseph, who returns at outside centre, and Elliot Daly has recovered from his foot problem to start on the left wing.

ENGLAND: Anthony Watson; Jonny May, Jonathan Joseph, Ben Te'o, Elliot Daly; Owen Farrell, Richard Wigglesworth; Mako Vunipola, Dylan Hartley (capt), Kyle Sinckler; Maro Itoje, George Kruis; Chris Robshaw, James Haskell, Sam Simmonds.

"It's good to have Dylan back from injury".

Jones will hold a media conference on Thursday after naming his team for the Ireland game.

"He brings energy, he brings enthusiasm, he's a tough guy and he's a good captain".

"I'm not exactly sure what they [Jones' comments] were", said Schmidt.

Speaking when England had lost just once since his appointment, Jones said: "We have played 23 Tests and only lost once to the scummy Irish. We have seen in every game the physical contest has been quite enormous so we have to meet that physical challenge and then play smart tactically".

"I'm still dirty about that game, but we will get 'em back".

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