Alun Wyn Jones: Wales captain to stay at Ospreys on dual deal

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After winning 24 out of 25 Test matches England have now suffered back-to-back defeats

Jones was forced to issue an apology yesterday, after footage emerged of him at a sponsor function where he referred to Ireland as the "scummy Irish" after they defeated his England side as last year's Six Nations.

"Those two can get us on the front foot against Ireland", said Jones of his Saracens half-back combination. Jones asked. "Are there any Welsh people here?"

Jones said: "To be continuing my journey with the Ospreys is probably something I wouldn't have predicted at the start of my career, but having the opportunity to sign a new NDC at this point helps with the quality and quantity of the rugby that I play and hopefully will prolong my playing opportunities".

Earlier in the clip, Jones joked that Wales is "this little shit place with 3 million people".

An RFU spokeswoman said: "Eddie has apologised for his inappropriate remarks, and the RFU is also very sorry for any offence caused and will apologise to the IRFU and WRU".

But, although the Aussie will undoubtedly try to play down his latest remark as tongue-in-cheek or off-hand, and Schmidt will dismiss it as "noise", it will add extra spice as Ireland look to win only the third Grand Slam in their history.

Jones appeared to take delight in his comments, but he may not be so happy to see them hit the headlines a few days before a clash against in-form Ireland.

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The former Wallaby and Japan boss was appointed to his current post after tournament hosts England suffered the embarrassment of a first-round exit at the 2015 World Cup.

Wasps No 8 Hughes was injured in the 24th minute of Saturday's 22-16 loss at the Stade de France and was forced off the field in obvious pain after teammate Joe Launchbury and French fly-half Francois Trinh-Duc were cleaned out of a ruck and landed on his left leg.

Kruis has also come into the second row to partner his Sarries team-mate Maro Itoje in the engine room.

Jones will lead Wales in their final Six Nations match against France on Saturday, with Warren Gatland's side aiming to finish second in the standings.

One blow which will affect Jones' plans for South Africa was the first-half injury to Anthony Watson.

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