Eddie Jones apologises for 'scummy Ireland' and 's---' Wales remarks

Eddie Jones apologises for 'scummy Ireland' and 's---' Wales remarks

Iain Henderson replaces lock Devin Toner in the only change to the Ireland side.

"It was part of a plan over these few games that we would mix up (second-row) selection and Iain has a little bit under his belt after a few weeks off", said coach Joe Schmidt. So it's this little s*** place that has got three million people.

Asked if Jones' remarks may be a distraction, the New Zealander said: "I don't think so". The risk is maybe the other way. Dev has called our line-out for a long-time.

"And what's at stake is a fantastic opportunity not just to achieve a Grand Slam, but to go a year unbeaten - we wouldn't have dreamed of that this time last year".

The notion of Ireland playing controlling rather than entertaining rugby was put to Schmidt today after he named a team with just a single tactical change for Saturday's long-awaited Test.

'I think I've made every statement that I need to make on it'.

"The squad is very similar".

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"It's (the mood) been pretty good".

After successive defeats to Scotland and France the defending champions face the potential prospect of their worst championship finish for 35 years should they suffer a first home Six Nations loss since 2012 and Jones wielded the axe on Thursday in attempt to ensure that does not happen. Current captain Rory Best was a reserve who finished that match on the field.

"The pressure on England is not about the comments, it is about winning on Saturday", Gatland said.

Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton continue their rock-solid partnership at half-back, while the same applies to Bundee Aki and Garry Ringrose in the centre. The form of Jacob Stockdale has been crucial with the winger scoring twice against Scotland to take his tally to six tries in the competition this season.

Anthony Watson retains his place at full-back with Mike Brown confined to the bench for another week.

With their hopes of an unprecedented hat-trick of titles dashed, England will look to avoid a third defeat of the championship that could leave them reflecting on their worst Six Nations performance since 2006.

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