Eddie Jones: England coach involved in angry confrontation with Australian fan

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 Credit: PA Images
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England head coach Eddie Jones was involved in an angry confrontation with a Wallabies fan who referred to him as a “traitor” during the Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) on Saturday.

Video footage appeared on social media showing Jones being goaded by a man wearing a Wallabies cap while holding a pint of beer.

The fan points a finger at Jones and says “you’re a traitor” twice, which provokes an angry reaction.

Confronted the spectator

Jones then walks towards the stands and replies “come here and say it” three times and the surprised spectator retreats before a member of the ground’s security staff escorts the England coach away.

The security guard then turns to the fan and says “I have spoken to you before”.

Australian Jones coached the Wallabies from 2001 to 2005 and it is understood that he was subjected to aggressive abuse while walking to and from the coach’s box at the SCG where he had to walk through parts of the crowd.

While walking through the members area of the SCG, another spectator also called him a traitor and he responds by saying “what did you say you f****** idiot. Go and f*** yourself mate.”

Rugby Australia chairman Hamish McLennan voiced his disapproval at the supporter’s behaviour, while the Rugby Football Union has declined to comment at this stage.

“That fan’s behaviour is totally unacceptable and is not welcome at a Wallabies Test if he carries on like that,” said McLennan.

“We should be acknowledging Eddie’s achievements as a great Aussie export. There’s too much tall poppy syndrome in that comment.”

Meanwhile, police have charged a supporter for urinating off the side of the roof of the SCG’s O’Reilly Stand.

The Sydney Morning Herald asked Jones about the incident with the spectator to which he replied: “Clowns think they have full go to abuse coaches.”

After England’s 25-17 victory over Australia in the second Test in Brisbane, Jones said he enjoyed silencing Australians, although it is understood that he did not have to endure the same level of abuse at Suncorp Stadium.

“You have got 48,000 people all full of drink and all they want to see is their team win. When you turn them away, it’s a great experience. A great feeling,” he said.

“I was coming out from the coaches’ box and they all have their scarves on. When did Australians start wearing scarves? It’s all the rage isn’t it? They are not so smart now.

“Before the game they are coming up saying to me you are going to get belted tonight. Now they are a little bit more quiet. So that’s good. I enjoy that.”

Being abused by fans is not a new experience for Jones, however, and it is not just limited to Australia.

During England’s tour of South Africa in 2018 he stood his ground for 10 to 15 seconds during a tense tunnel confrontation at Ellis Park in Johannesburg.

He was also physically and verbally abused by Scotland fans in Manchester when he travelled by train to London after England’s 25-15 Six Nations defeat at Murrayfield.

British transport police investigated the incidents and Jones vowed to not use public transport again.

England coaching staff staying in Australia

Most of England’s touring squad will return home on Sunday, although Jones and his assistants will spend time at NRL club Melbourne Storm next week in a bid to develop their coaching skills.

It comes at the end of a successful Australian tour in which Jones guided England to a 2-1 series win just over a year from the 2023 World Cup in France.

“The result is always important, but so is the development of the team. We are developing a team for the World Cup and it was crucial for us that we got it right,” he said.

“The results don’t always tell you that you got it right, contrary to what people think, but the development of the team has been outstanding.”

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