By Ali Stokes
England Head Coach Eddie Jones has been cautioned by RFU bosses following two incidents last season that resulted in Jones being forced to publically apologise.
The incidents in question included the Australian referring to Wales as “a little s*** place” and Bath Rugby owner Bruce Craig as “the Donald Trump of rugby”.
“I have spoken to him about those,” said RFU Chief Executive Steve Brown. “I don’t think they reflect his underlying feelings, but that is not what we are about. Everyone is clear about that now.
"We should never have those things played out in public but we are talking about people in very intense situations, so I guess it is reasonable to expect that sometimes people don't behave exactly as you want them to."
Further pressure mounts upon Jones and his England side following a disappointing 2017/18 season in which the national team finished second from bottom in the Six Nations and tasted a series defeat ahead of the concluding game of their summer tour to South Africa.
Jones will be aiming to make amends during England’s November internationals, in which his side will face South Africa, New Zealand, Australia and Japan.
“The results this autumn are critical,” Brown added, “We’re opening a great big new hospitality suite here, we’re selling the place out four times over.
“It’s really important that England don’t just turn up but that they perform. Results are always really important, never more so than now. We plan to win every game we play. We expect success.
"I've reflected over the time Eddie has been at his post and his win rate (80 per cent). The win rate is still very high - it's significant and it's hard to argue against it, it's important that we don't just make a judgement on what's happened in the very short term. Nevertheless, it was a pretty poor run of results.
"The last result in South Africa was important, but not critical to any decisions we make about the future. The confidence comes from the history to date and talking to Eddie about the plans for the autumn and the World Cup and how to get back to that win rate.
"I've discussed this with Eddie and I'm confident those disappointing results are behind us and can be turned around."
Brown also commented on the current redundancy programme he is overseeing at the RFU, in which over 60 people will lose their jobs, saving the union £2-3 million per year.
"Lots has been said about what is going on at the union, but the first thing to say is that we are not in crisis and the second is that the financial position of the RFU is very sound," Brown said.
"We've not seen a drop in income as yet, but the people who support us, invest in us and spend money here are suffering out there.
"Every business has been affected and we're predicting that the growth we've seen over the last five or six years will not continue. It will flatten out and maybe even decline slightly.
"So we've had to make some very difficult decisions and reduce the number of people who work here."
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