Eddie Jones apologises for foul-mouthed outburst and takes blame for England’s poor performance against Argentina

Eddie Jones apologised for his foul-mouthed outburst during England’s 21-8 victory over Argentina on Saturday, and stressed that he will seek other ways of venting his frustration in the future after television cameras caught the head coach swearing at his team’s performance.

England got their autumn international campaign off to a winning start against the Pumas but it was far from a polished performance and, had the visitors kicked the 14 points they missed at goal, it could well have been a different story.

Jones had to face tough questions after the Twickenham encounter after a desk camera caught him shouting “F***, how f****** stupid are we?” when Sam Underhill conceded a penalty inside his own 22. The coach also slammed his notebook down on his desk, and said afterwards that it’s fine to be frustrated during a “grindathon” game.

He has since apologised for his actions, and took the blame for England’s below-par performance as he felt the players did a good job in putting in 100 per cent effort.

“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 Jones.

“I thought our effort and application were first class. Argentina are a difficult team, but I obviously didn’t coach the team well enough,” he added.

“It’s my fault the team didn’t play well so I take full responsibility for that. I just didn’t coach them well enough.”

It is a similar admission to the one that followed the Six Nations defeat in Ireland last March that dealt Jones his first loss as England head coach, in which he took the blame for failing to prepare the team adequately for the Gram Slam attempt.

Jones refused to criticise his old adversary Michael Cheika (Getty)

The Australian is now preparing his team for this Saturday’s visit of Australia, a team that Jones himself used to…

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