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Eddie Jones issues ‘sincere apology’ to Bath owner Bruce Craig after Donald Trump taunt

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The England coach likened Craig to the American President after their war-of-words escalated

England coach Eddie Jones has apologised to Bath owner Bruce Craig after branding him the ‘Donald Trump of rugby’.

The pair have been embroiled in a battle of words for many months, which escalated to the point where Jones made the disparaging remark – something he has since written to apologise for.

Eddie Jones has issued a ‘sincere apology’ to Bath owner Bruce Craig

An RFU spokeswoman said: “Eddie has apologised to Bruce Craig for the personal remarks.

“It was a sincere apology.”

Craig had expressed his concern after seeing a number of Bath players returning from international duty carrying injuries.

Clearly perturbed by the comments by the Bath owner, Jones replied by saying: “Bruce Craig sounds like the Donald Trump of rugby.

Bath owner Bruce Craig

Bath owner Bruce Craig

“”He has the same hairstyle.

“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.”

The England head coach is under intense pressure after suffering a sixth consecutive defeat in a row.


South Africa recovered from early pressure from the English pressure to win 23-12 in Bloemfontein on Saturday night, sealing a series win in the process.

After winning their first 17 Tests under Jones, the Red Rose are suddenly no longer considered favourites for the World Cup in Japan next year after their alarming slip in form.



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