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Eddie Jones says rugby has become 'a bit of a laughing stock' after Covid-19 disciplinary breaches
Jones has spoken out about the disciplinary breaches that led to a cancellation of England's Six Nations warm-up against Barbarians

England head coach Eddie Jones admits that rugby’s reputation has been reduced to a “laughing stock” after the Rugby Football Union launched disciplinary charges against 13 Barbarians players.

England’s Quilter Cup match against the Barbarians last Sunday was cancelled by the RFU after it learnt that Barbarians players twice breached the team’s Covid bubble by going on unsanctioned nights out in Mayfair. That cost the RFU an estimated £1 million in lost revenue while Jones was denied a warm-up for their match against Italy tomorrow in which they can win the Six Nations title. Jones says the whole episode led to rugby being portrayed as “not a serious sport” and drew comparisons to the Australian cricket team’s sandpaper controversy.

Those Barbarians players, including former England captain Chris Robshaw, have now been hit with a range of charges, not just related to the breach of the Covid-19 protocols but also for “providing false statements during an investigation.” The charged players, who were not directly named by the RFU, will appear before an online independent disciplinary panel chaired by Philip Evans QC, who has the power to issue fines or bans.

Jones  named an experienced team to face Italy which includes Jonny Hill making his debut at lock. George Fubank is recalled at full back and Henry Slade moving to inside centre to partner Jonathan Jospeh in the midfield. Now Jones believes it is incumbent upon England to shift the narrative away from drinking escapades by delivering a performance in Rome.

“We understand that rugby at the moment is a bit of a laughing stock and we all love the game,” Jones said. “We are lucky enough to play the game at the highest level and we want to make sure we put the game back where it needs to be. We have a great game in rugby and we don't like to see it be portrayed as something that is not a serious sport, as it has been.

“No one likes to see a game called off because of a breakdown in the protocols in society at the moment. It is not good for rugby but we have got an opportunity to turn that around. History shows that sport changes quickly. If you look at the situation with the Australian cricket team and the sandpaper三级成人视频, that time was not a great time for cricket and it was not a great time for Australian cricket. Now people have forgotten that and it is our responsibility to put on a performance so that people don’t remember what happened from a couple of weeks ago.”

England head into the final round of games trailing Ireland by one point on the table. However, a handsome bonus-point victory in Rome would go a long way towards securing a third Six Nations title under Jones with Ireland facing a tricky assignment away to France later that evening.

The Six Nations trophy will be present in Paris rather than Rome. If Jones’ team become champions they will be presented with the trophy at the team’s training base at the Lensbury Club in South West London on Sunday morning.

Yet Jones’ overwhelming message to his players this week has not been focused on the title but on bringing back a feel-good factor for both a nation and sport in desperate need of a lift. “It’s been a difficult time for society,” Jones said.

“People have lost their jobs, people have lost family members, so we feel absolutely privileged to have the opportunity to play top level rugby and our responsibility is to put a smile on people's faces. We would like to make people happy for a period of time that maybe takes away some of the pain of society at the moment. The players have approached this camp with a zest for the game that I have never seen before, there is a real desire to do that. So we understand those responsibilities and it is weight we carry and it is a weight that we enjoy to carry.”