Eddie Jones has issued an "unreserved" apology after a video emerged in which he labelled Ireland "scummy" and Wales a "little s*** place", with the Rugby Football Union having to also apologise to their Irish and Welsh counterparts.
Jones apologised for his comments and admitted his choice of words was inexcusable, saying he was "very sorry".
The Grand Slam is the prize at stake for Joe Schmidt's men at Twickenham, while Jones is hoping his deposed NatWest 6 Nations champions halt a losing run that spans dismal defeats to Scotland and France.
Jones" comments that aired during the week about the "scummy' Irish certainly seemed to backfire, and at full time he was raising eyebrows yet again.
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Jones was jeered as he gave his post match interview on the pitch - a first for the Australian whose 28-Test reign has now been marred by three successive defeats.
Jones had vowed to gain revenge for Ireland's win over England in Dublin previous year, which denied them a clean sweep and halted their record-equalling 18-match winning run.
"I sincerely mean that and I really don't have anything else to say on the matter, so I am happy to answer questions on a fantastic game that's coming up but I think the other matter is dead".
George Kruis came in for Joe Launchbury at lock and prop Kyle Sinckler started instead of Dan Cole. I thought our effort against Ireland was outstanding.
Jones has made a total of seven changes to their starting XV for the showdown with Ireland, the most noteworthy being the axing of fly-half George Ford, which sees Owen Farrell move from inside centre to No10.
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I can not name them. "You can not expect me to say 'this and that player, they have to do better". The next match I'll be the first to go out.
"I'm thankful for the collaboration between the WRU and Ospreys which will look after my best interests and enables me to play the best rugby possible", Jones said in a WRU statement on Friday.
The South Africa official will run the touchline on Saturday but Jones says they went through the proper channels.
Jones, who has made no secret of wanting to win next year's World Cup with England, said it was better the setbacks happened now than at Japan 2019.
'There's obviously a certain bit of anger over what's happened across the last two weeks, which is what you'd expect from this group of players.
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