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Eddie Jones accepts Hoiles' rugby apology

  • Eddie Jones accepts Hoiles' rugby apology

    England Rugby team coach Eddie Jones speaks at a press conference following the England team's announcement to play Australia, in Melbourne on June 16, 2016. / AFP / SAEED KHAN / IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE (Photo credit should read SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)

England coach Eddie Jones has accepted former Wallaby Stephen Hoiles' apology for a question put to him during a post-match media conference - but says whoever put him up to it should have done the same.

Hoiles, working for Fox Sports' The 'Other' Rugby Show, opened the program on Wednesday night by admitting he had got it wrong by asking "inappropriate and offensive" questions of his former Australian coach who labelled him disrespectful.

Jones said on Thursday night the apology was a great example of a guy who's got fantastic integrity.

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"He knew he made a mistake and I think it showed the short of guy he is.

"That's the end of the matter.

"There's probably four or five others at Fox Sports that could have apologised, but they squibbed it, which is disappointing. But we'll get on with it."

The segment, which is believed to have had Hoiles complete a number of tasks set by the show, did not go to air.

Hoiles' question in Saturday's media conference following England's 39-28 first Test win over Australia was met with bewilderment on social media.

"The lads were pumped up, there was a bit of moisture out there and I think you and Glen (Ella) had a good moment, looked lubed up and a fair bit of shrinkage," Hoiles posed to Jones on Saturday.

"How did you enjoy that moment with your old mate Glen up in the box?"

Jones told Hoiles at the time he didn't like the tone of the question before later describing Fox Sports' treatment of the series as "demeaning and disrespectful to the team".

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