There has been continued fall-out following England's surprise 25-13 defeat to Scotland last week. First, a tunnel bust-up saw a post-game investigation launched while Ryan Wilson was cited for an alleged eye-gouge. Both of those incidents resulted in no charge. Now, English head coach Eddie Jones has told the press he was abused on his train back to London following the match.
British Transport Police are investigating an incident after Jones was traveling alone on the Sunday after the game. The Telegraph are reporting Jones was traveling to Manchester as a guest of former United manager Alex Ferguson. On the return leg to London, a fellow passenger reported to police that Jones had been attacked by a group of football fans.
The Telegraph also claimed the fans involved were Scottish and Jones was jostled after posing for a selfie.
Speaking to the press after training today, Jones confirmed the report and said he would not travel on public transport again.
I try and do the right thing by the fans but if that happens then you’ve got to have a look at your own safety. I never knock back a request for a selfie unless I’m racing to somewhere. I did a lot.
For me to travel on public transport, I thought was OK. I’m a human being. I don’t consider myself any different from anyone else. But I’ll make sure I won’t in future. It’s as simple as that. I can’t. Because it was shown on Sunday what happens when I do.
He confirmed the abuse was both physical and verbal.
That’s the world we live in. It wasn’t comfortable. It was a bit of both [physical and verbal].
The RFU have not made a complaint to the police or Virgin Trains. As for Jones, he is fixated on England's upcoming clash with France.
You can read the full report here.