Four men to appear in court over verbal abuse of England head coach Eddie Jones

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Eddie Jones has vowed not to use public transport again after the incident

Four men have been summonsed to appear in court after England head Rugby coach Eddie Jones was subject to a barrage of foul-mouthed abuse.

The 58-year-old was travelling from Manchester Oxford Road station on February 25 when a group of men asked to have a photograph taken with him.

But footage released online showed the atmosphere then turned sour, with the men, two of whom could be seen with drinks in their hands, taunting Jones about Scotland’s Calcutta Cup win over England the previous day.

One of the Scotland supporters shouted “what about last night you baldy c***” as the Australian got into a waiting car, and opened the car door so the group could continue shouting abuse.

On Tuesday British Transport Police said four men – three from Edinburgh aged 22, 23 and 25; and a 25-year-old from South Queensferry – had been summonsed to appear at Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court on May 16.

They were reported for an alleged public order offence.

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Ireland's Jacob Stockdale named Six Nations Player of the Tournament

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Ireland wing Jacob Stockdale has reflected on “a truly memorable few weeks” after being named NatWest 6 Nations player of the championship.

The 21-year-old Ulster player scored a Six Nations record seven tries as Ireland secured their first Grand Slam since 2009.

Tournament organisers announced that Stockdale took 32 per cent of the public vote, well clear of his team-mate Conor Murray in second, while fellow Ireland players Johnny Sexton and Keith Earls finished third and fourth, respectively.

“It has been a truly memorable few weeks, making my first NatWest 6 Nations appearance, winning the championship and then going on to complete the Grand Slam against England,” Stockdale said, in a statement released by the Six Nations.

“Breaking the try-scoring record was the cherry on top!

“It’s an absolute honour to win the NatWest player of the championship, especially when you look at the amazing calibre of those short-listed.”

The previous record of six tries in one Six Nations campaign was jointly held by Shane Williams, Chris Ashton and Will Greenwood.

More than 78,000 votes were cast on a six-player short-list, with Italy full-back Matteo Minozzi taking fifth and France captain Guilhem Guirado sixth.

Stockdale, who only made his Test debut last summer, claimed try doubles in Ireland’s victories over Italy, Wales and Scotland, then added another touchdown during the Grand Slam-clinching triumph against England at Twickenham on March 17.

Stockdale joins previous Irish winners Brian O’Driscoll, who won it a record three times, Paul O’Connell, Tommy Bowe and Gordon D’Arcy.

Prior to Stockdale, the award was won for two years in succession by Scotland full-back Stuart Hogg.

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Eddie Jones retains RFU's backing despite England's dismal Six Nations

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Eddie Jones retains the backing of the Rugby Football Union despite England’s dismal fifth place finish in the NatWest 6 Nations.

Ireland were crowned Grand Slam champions with a conclusive 24-15 victory at Twickenham on Saturday that condemned the hosts to a third consecutive defeat and their worst tournament performance since 1987.

The review into a series of results that have plunged England into crisis began on Wednesday morning with RFU chief executive Steve Brown attending the initial meeting between Jones and his coaching staff.

As is customary after each tournament, Jones must present to the RFU board and also appear before the Professional Game Board, which represents the English game’s various stakeholders.

While mourning the collapse in results, Brown insists Jones remains the right man to lead England into the 2019 World Cup.

“Eddie and his coaches have my confidence and the measure of how good they are and can be will be how they respond to these tough times,” Brown said.

“The results in the Six Nations were not what we wanted, not what we expected and there is no attempt by us to dress this up.

“We wanted to do significantly better and we didn’t. We’re disappointed with the decline, no question about that. Nobody would want to go from winning the Six Nations to fifth.

“We will learn from this and make sure it doesn’t happen again. No one is patting each other on the back, they’re looking for solutions to put us back to where we were before.

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“We were motoring pretty well. We have hit a bit of a bump and now is the time to regroup, reassess and get back on track.

“It’s worth reflecting that Eddie has an 86 per cent win record with England. You don’t become a bad coach or team overnight. But we have to learn and have to improve.”

Brown rejected Sir Clive Woodward’s claim that England have stagnated and defended the decision to award Jones a two-year contract extension in January, stressing that the terms of the deal are subject to performance at the 2019 World Cup.

England’s record before the Six Nations stood at a remarkable 22 wins from 23 Tests only to fall to comprehensive losses to Scotland, France and Ireland with a summer tour to South Africa looming.

“Maybe we were not quite as good as our results were showing before, but we are not as bad as fifth in the Six Nations. That’s an important point,” Brown said.

“We’re hugely disappointed but confident in the ability to turn this around. These are the moments when you don’t knee jerk without the evidence and data. We go again and we will bounce back.”

England’s performance has renewed calls for Twickenham to centrally contract the players with players chief Damian Hopley stating it should be considered.

“People talk about central contracts in very binary terms, they describe one situation or another,” Brown said.

“What we actually have in reality is a sort of hybrid anyway, so there’s an element on central contracting that happens within that relationship when the players come into camp and into England space.”

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