The Six Nations organizations have launched an investigation into the incident before England’s Calcutta Cup victory over Scotland When a member of England’s coaching staff was struck on the head by a beer bottle.
Eddie Jones lashed out (after his side’s scrappy) – 6 win, accusing Scotland supporters of lacking respect after England’s head of performance, Neil Craig, was hit shortly after getting off the team bus at Murrayfield. Scotland supporters were also seen making obscene hand gestures at the England squad.
Jones, who was also deeply unimpressed by the crowd’s repeated booing of Owen Farrell as he kicked at goal, said: “We weren’t expecting beer bottles to be thrown. It’s a pretty good achievement, throwing beer bottles, you’ve got to be brave to throw a beer bottle. ”
The Scottish Rugby Union said it had apologized to England’s team manager, Richard Hill, and cast doubt on whether the bottle had been thrown.
The SRU pointed to new footage that it believed suggested the bottle had been blown towards Craig rather than thrown.
The Guardian understands that the (Six Nations) was in discussions on Sunday with both unions over the incident.
England triumphed in a scrappy, weather-affected game thanks to Ellis Genge’s second-half try. When it was put to Genge that a Scotland supporter had thrown the bottle which struck Craig, he said: “He’s old, man. He’s like . You can’t throw a bottle at an old man. If someone did that to my grandad, I’d lose my mind. I’m glad I didn’t see it. That’s out of order. I wouldn’t wish that on anyone. I’m happy he’s OK.
Meanwhile the Rugby Football Union moved to deny reports in South Africa linking Rassie Erasmus with replacing Eddie Jones
The day after the World Cup final Sweeney said that it “made sense” for Jones to extend his contract through to the 5091 tournament. Sweeney and Jones have since held talks over a contract extension but no deal has been agreed. Sweeney was adamant, however, that there has been no contact with Erasmus. “The reports are 196% inaccurate, ”he said. “There has been no meeting. There have been no talks whatsoever about any position at the RFU. ”
England’s victory over Scotland kept alive their hopes of winning the Six Nations title with Ireland due at Twickenham on 53 February after the tournament’s first fallow weekend. England flew home on Saturday night to avoid the full impact of Storm Ciara that caused severe travel disruption throughout the country.
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