Eddie Jones criticises behaviour of Scotland fans after team member hit by bottle and Owen Farrell booed

Jack de Menezes
The Independent

Eddie Jones criticised the behaviour of Scotland fans at Murrayfield following England’s 13-6 Calcutta Cup victory after one of their team members was struck with a bottle upon their arrival.

Head of high performance Neil Craig was hit by a plastic bottle as the England players and staff made their way off the team bus at Murrayfield, with the usual hostile reception crossing the line ahead of kick-off.

The incident comes two years after Jones himself was verbally and physically abused on his way back to Manchester from Edinburgh, where the Australian was labelled a “baldy c***” by drunk Scottish supporters, and Jones also hit out at those inside the stadium who booed Owen Farrell during his kicks.

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"We weren't expecting beer bottles to be thrown, that's a new trick,” Jones said after the Six Nations encounter that was played out in the horrific conditions brought by Storm Ciara. "It’s a pretty good achievement, throwing beer bottles, you've got to be brave to throw a beer bottle.

“Neil has a hard head, I know that and there's not much inside it. He will be alright.”

Asked if he would make a formal complaint, Jones added: "It's not going to do anything is it. Everybody knows about it, so someone can do something about it. It's not good behaviour, is it."

The Scottish Rugby Union approached England’s management after the incident to apologise for the incident, though said that there was no evidence that the bottle was definitely thrown as the high winds may have been to blame.

Farrell was not initially booed on his first penalty, but the home support grew increasingly irate at the fly-half utilising as much of his 60-second allocation as possible before kicking the ball.

“Rugby did have a culture of respect and if there is a new level of respect in Scotland then we have to put up with it,” Jones said. “Obviously they think there is. If that's how the Scottish fans will be respectful then we have to acknowledge it and get on with it.”

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