Eddie Jones’ honeymoon period at the helm of English rugby is well and truly over.
Jones has endured a torrid few weeks since his sides’ losses to Scotland and France left them out of reach of Ireland at the top of the Six Nations standings.
However, the final round presented an opportunity for Jones and his men to arrest their alarming slump - while casting themselves as the most almighty of party poopers, with Ireland playing for only their third Grand Slam, on St. Patricks day no less.
However, England were never in a game in which Ireland proved to be far superior in both defensive and attacking aspects.
Three tries and a penalty were enough to hold England off as Jones was forced to watch on as his side were consigned to their third defeat in a row.
During the week, Jones had come under heavy pressure after a video emerged online of him calling the Irish people “scummy” while branding Wales “a small little place”.
As you would imagine, those comments went down like a lead brick in Cardiff and Dublin as Jones was forced to apologise for his dreadful comments.
It seems that those slurs only served to spur the Irish on as they stormed Twickenham and picked the English apart.
Irish fans were absolutely revelling in one of the most memorable days in the country’s history and made sure that Eddie Jones will never be allowed to forget his controversial musings.
Meanwhile, Jacob Stockdale wrote his own piece of history by breaking the record for the most tries scored in a single Six Nations season as he dotted down on Saturday.
To make it even worse for England, the try line zones had been bizarrely extended per England’s request and, had that not been done, the ball would have comfortably gone dead before Stockdale could have dived down on it.
Poor old Eddie. It really has been a few weeks to forget for all involved with English rugby.
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