Six Nations 2018: Ireland doesn't need extra motivation, England's Eddie Jones says

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England's defeat and failure to score four tries against France on Saturday handed Ireland the Six Nations title

Jones was forced to apologise on Wednesday night after footage emerged of the Australian referring to the newly-crowned champions as the "scummy Irish" and Wales as a "little s*** country" during a talk on leadership given previous year.

"World Rugby has confirmed that Marius van der Westhuizen will be replaced by Nigel Owens as Assistant Referee 2 for the Natwest 6 nations match between England and Ireland at Twickenham on Saturday", they said in a statement.

"We need to get on the front foot against Ireland and we've selected a team to do that", said Jones. "No excuses, and I shouldn't have said what I did".

"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".

Until this season, the only match England had lost since Jones took over following their first-round exit at the 2015 World Cup was when Ireland denied them a Grand Slam with a 13-9 victory in Dublin past year. "I'm happy to answer questions on the game coming up, but the other matter is dead".

Jones did concede "possibly yes" when asked if he would consider his public utterances in the future.

"These games are all about (big) moments".

That reverse brought up back-to-back Six Nations defeats for Eddie Jones' men following their Calcutta Cup loss at Murrayfield, and the added incentive of denying Ireland a Grand Slam will turn the competition up a notch this weekend. It was uploaded by Fuso in July past year but only came to light on Wednesday.

The footage has come to light just three days before England face Six Nations champions Ireland in the final round of this year's tournament. "We have to play a certain sort of way against Ireland". Ben Te'o and Jonathan Joseph will partner in the centres.

The fact Jones has cut Danny Care and Dan Cole along with the expected benching of George Ford, Jamie George and, less so, Joe Launchbury meant these incidental subplots were eventually drowned out.

Injuries to Nathan Hughes and Courtney Lawes see Sam Simmonds and James Haskell start at number eight and openside flanker.

Dylan Harley returns to lead the side at hooker in a punchy front row that features Kyle Sinckler and Mako Vunipola.

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