England v Ireland in the Six Nations: Times writers predict the victor

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In the week building up to Ireland's trip to Twickenham, footage has emerged showing Eddie Jones talking about 'the scummy Irish'.

An RFU spokeswoman said: "Eddie has apologised for his inappropriate remarks, and the RFU is also very sorry for any offence caused and will apologise to the IRFU and WRU". "I say Eddie Jones is a classless lowlife". However, despite admitting that his men were outplayed, he clearly harboured some ill-will towards Joe Schmidt's men.

In an statement issued by the Rugby Football Union (RFU), the governing body of rugby union in England, Jones said there were no excuses for his comments.

Since the Boys In Green picked up the Grand Slam trophy, #ScummyIrish has been trending on Twitter, with an array of rugby fans tearing Jones a new one with their comments.

He was, of course, referring to Ireland's 13-9 victory in Dublin past year that denied England back-to-back Grand Slams.

Best is one of only two members of his side to have won a grand slam - alongside Rob Kearney in 2009 - but to achieve a second, he must captain Ireland to a first win at Twickenham since 2010. "Having been in a position ourselves of going for the Grand Slam, I think the Grand Slam is enough motivation". With England already enduring their worst campaign since 2009, Ireland have the chance to compound the dethroned champions' misery and inflict their third defeat of the championship - something they have not experienced since 2006 in a year that ended with head coach Andy Robinson losing his job.

England have never finished that low in the 18-year history of the Six Nations with their last such placing coming as far back as 1983.

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There are significant changes to the pack, too, with Dan Cole dropped for Kyle Sinckler at prop and George Kruis picked ahead of Joe Launchbury in the second row.

Despite all of this amid a must-win game against Ireland at Twickenham on Saturday, Jones insists he is fully focused and thriving off the pressure.

"We're not hiding from it, we know it's an area we have to improve in and we put in lots of work for the last two weeks", said Hatley.

"It's good to have Dylan back from injury, he trained superbly yesterday".

"Looking back at Scotland we were probably over-aroused and sometimes it looks like lethargy and again that was my responsibility, I got it wrong".

"Every team I have had that has been a champion team has had these runs which have been instrumental in how you re-make a team", added Jones, Australia's coach when they lost the 2003 World Cup final to England.

Overall, I think we'll see a spirited but disjointed performance from England.

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