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05th Mar 2018

Eddie Jones talks about train abuse and confirms he won’t use public transport again after matches

Jack O'Toole

Eddie Jones

England head coach Eddie Jones confirms he will not use public transport again after he was abused following his side’s 25-13 loss to Scotland last month.

Jones was heckled on a train from Edinburgh to Manchester following the defeat, and after posing for photos with Scottish fans outside of Manchester Oxford Road station, he was verbally abused as he loaded his bags into a car that was scheduled to bring him to Old Trafford to watch Manchester United take on Chelsea.

Jones said that the abuse wasn’t nice and confirmed that he would no longer be taking public transport after games.

“I don’t think so (will have more security in place),” Jones told Sky Sports News.

“That was probably just a unique situation after quite a big build up to the game when a number of Scottish people said things.

“They had a great result and coming back on the train, there were a lot of people who were happy and that happiness boiled over into a bit more. In that situation, I wouldn’t go on a train again.

“In all honesty, I just got on with it. It’s part of the job and in my job you either get abused, you get slapped on the back and told how good you are or you get advice.

“It is always one of those three coming at you. The abuse isn’t nice, so you have to keep away from that.

“I’ve had that, so maybe I have had it for a couple of weeks and won’t get it for a while now.

“I have never wanted anything to be made of it. I didn’t bring it forward, I was just happy that it was finished. All I am worried about is coaching well against France.”

Jones comments come on the back of his initial remarks about the incident in which he claimed was indicative of the world he lives in.

“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.”

“That’s the world we live in. It wasn’t comfortable. It was a bit of both [physical as well as verbal]. After a loss, no I wouldn’t [do it again].It’s [all] part of the challenge.”

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