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Rugby fans are calling Eddie Jones ‘classless’ after comments about Ireland

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It's been a rather embarrassing Six Nations campaign for defending champions England and their head coach Eddie Jones.

They relinquished their crown with two games left to play, having lost 25-13 to Scotland and then 22-16 to France last weekend.

Jones had won the trophy in both of his previous two years in charge, so it will be an enormous disappointment, having lost only once during the entirety of his reign before this campaign.

That was a 13-9 defeat to Ireland in the finale of last year's competition in Dublin, as England tried and ultimately failed to win their second consecutive Grand Slam.

Ironically, it is Ireland who have the opportunity to complete their own Grand Slam at Twickenham this weekend.

That looked a distinct dream before Jonathan Sexton's last-minute drop goal secured a dramatic win against France in Paris during the opening round of fixtures, but they have subsequently stormed past all in their way.

And if they needed any motivation to do so, footage of the England head coach commenting on the Irish team last year will certainly have them fired up.

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Speaking at an event for Fuso, the Japanese parent company of England sponsors Mitsubishi, Jones was filmed branding Ireland 'scummy' after they killed their Grand Slam dreams.

You can see the footage in the video below:

While it may have been a joke, the team from the Emerald Isle are sure to not see it that way, and it will uncertainly fire them up ahead of the weekend's game.

It is ultimately rather classless from the Australian, and users on Twitter weren't happy with him.

It's a serious PR disaster for Jones, particularly after such a torrid campaign that has left a lot of questions being asked about his suitability for the role.

While those are premature, and quite frankly silly after his wild success over the past two-and-a-half years, he should surely have known better than to make a comment like that.

If Ireland do beat England and complete the Grand Slam, be sure that they will enjoy it just that little bit more after that video.

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