EDDIE JONES apologised to Bruce Craig yesterday for branding the Bath owner the “Donald Trump of rugby.”
It is understood that England’s head coach has written to Craig expressing his remorse after escalating a verbal feud that erupted last month over the number of injuries being sustained during international camps.
Jones made a series of comments about Craig a fortnight ago upon arriving in South Africa for a three-Test series that has been won by the Springboks with a game to spare following Saturday’s 23-12 defeat in Bloemfontein.
“Eddie has apologised to Bruce Craig for the personal remarks. It was a sincere apology,” a Rugby Football Union said.
Jones went on the offensive on June 3 just a couple of hours after arriving into England’s training base near Durban in response to renewed criticism of his methods from the Bath chair.
“Bruce Craig sounds like the Donald Trump of rugby. He has the same hairstyle,” Jones said.
“Everything we do is about training to get better, it’s not about satisfying some bloke who has got plenty of money in Bath and thinks he knows everything about rugby. Really, I wish I knew that much.
“If I knew that much, I’d probably have as much money as him. Unfortunately I don’t, so I’ll just stick to rugby.
“Bruce is absolutely obsessed by intensity — Bruce is the intensity king of the world. We train appropriately for Test match rugby.
“It seems like whatever Bruce says, goes. Who knows, maybe he’ll be the CEO of the RFU soon.”
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by joining the 501 club.
Just £5 a month gives you the opportunity to win one of 17 prizes, from £25 to the £501 jackpot.
By becoming a 501 Club member you are helping the Morning Star cover its printing, distribution and staff costs — help keep our paper thriving by joining!
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by become a member of the People’s Printing Press Society.
The Morning Star is a readers’ co-operative, which means you can become an owner of the paper too by buying shares in the society.
Shares are £1 each — though unlike capitalist firms, each shareholder has an equal say. Money from shares contributes directly to keep our paper thriving.
Some union branches have taken out shares of over £500 and individuals over £100.
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by donating to the Fighting Fund.
The Morning Star is unique, as a lone socialist voice in a sea of corporate media. We offer a platform for those who would otherwise never be listened to, coverage of stories that would otherwise be buried.
The rich don’t like us, and they don’t advertise with us, so we rely on you, our readers and friends. With a regular donation to our monthly Fighting Fund, we can continue to thumb our noses at the fat cats and tell truth to power.
Donate today and make a regular contribution.