Eddie Jones: England manager in clash with Australian fans who call him ‘traitor’
England manager Eddie Jones has been embroiled in two altercations with Australian fans who branded him a “traitor” after Saturday’s win in Sydney.
The Australian, who coached his national team from 2001 to 2005, took over the England job in 2015.
Jones passed home fans en route and from the dressing room after a series win 21-17 win.
“Clowns think they have the ability to abuse trainers,” the 62-year-old told the Sydney Morning Herald.
Footage released on social media shows Jones being baited in two incidents at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).
One clip shows a man pointing the finger at Jones and saying “You’re a traitor” twice. Jones approached the man and “come here and say so” three times while being led away by a member of security personnel.
In another incident, which occurs while walking through the SCG members’ area, Jones is labeled a traitor and his response contained an expletive.
“The behavior of this fan is totally unacceptable and not desirable in a Wallabies Test if he continues like this,” said Rugby Australia chairman Hamish McLennan.
“We should recognize Eddie’s achievements as a great Australian export. There’s too much Poppy Syndrome in that comment.”
The Rugby Football Union (RFU) has been asked for comment.
Last week Jones said he was content to silence Australian fans courtesy of England 25-17 win at the second test in Brisbane last weekend.
On England’s 2018 tour to South Africa, Jones was involved in one confrontation with spectators at Ellis Park.
beginning of the year Three Scottish fans have been fined for verbally abusing Jones outside Oxford Road Station in Manchester after England’s 25-15 defeat at Murrayfield.