Fiery England coach Eddie Jones unleashes at heckler who called him a traitor, demanding the fan to ‘come here and say it’
- An Aussie heckler called Jones a ‘traitor’ after England’s win on Saturday
- Jones confronted the fan, demanding he ‘come here and say it’
- England won the game 21-17, ensuring they won the Ella-Mobbs Cup
Aussie union legend Eddie Jones might have just led England to a series win over the Wallabies – but he took great exception to being called a ‘traitor’, calling the heckler a ‘clown’ after the fiery post-game incident.
In footage posted to social media on Sunday, Jones, who has previously coached the Wallabies, was walking near the boundary after England’s at the SCG when an Australian fan yelled out ‘you’re a traitor.’
Known for his famously fiery temperament, Jones wasn’t content to let the sledge slide.
England coach Eddie Jones gets ready for the series decider against the Wallabies on Saturday
He had to be restrained by a security guard as he attempted to confront the fan, demanding he ‘come here and say it,’ several times.
The security guard could be heard telling the heckler in the video ‘I’ve talked to you before,’ before gesturing for him to walk away.
He didn’t speak about the event immediately after the match, but did confirm he had been heckled by the same fan multiple times during the clash.
‘Clowns think they have full go to abuse coaches,’ he told the Sun Herald.
England celebrate winning the Ella-Mobbs Cup over Australia on Saturday night
Jones, who has Japanese heritage, had a long career at hooker for the Galloping Greens before moving into a storied coaching career.
He spent successful periods at the Brumbies and Reds before coaching Australia between 2001 – 2005, and coached Japan before becoming the England coach in 2015.
Fans were quick to support Jones, with one writing ‘easy to be a hero behind a fence, Eddie stood up to him,’ while another commented it was ‘just a cheap shot from the cheap seats.’
Whether the heckler was aware Australia’s coach, David Rennie, is actually a New Zealander is a hilarious sidebar to the ridiculous ‘traitor’ comment.
Eddie Jones lashed out at a fan who called him a ‘traitor’ after England’s win on Saturday
The 62-year-old admitted after England’s 25-17 win in the second Test of the Ella-Mobbs Cup at Suncorp Stadium that he enjoyed being able to quieten the Wallabies fans.
‘You have got 48,000 people all full of drink and all they want to see is their team win. When you turn them away, it is a great experience. A great feeling,’ Jones said.
‘Before the game they are coming up saying to me: ‘You are going to get belted tonight.’ Now they are a little bit more quiet. So that’s good. I enjoy that.’
A packed SCG was a sea of gold on Saturday night, but unfortunately the home fans went home disappointed after an error-riddled display from Australia saw England win the series decider 21-17.
The SCG was a sea of gold in support of the Wallabies on Saturday night
There was also plenty of heckling on the field during the series, with England captain Courtney Lawes admitting after the series win, his side used comments from Aussie players as motivation.
‘We saw plenty of stuff in the press about what some of their players were saying, some people targeting Gengey (Ellis Genge), some people calling us ‘Poms’ and what not,’ he said.
‘It’s all fuel for our tank. Any good team uses that as motivation.’
England captain Courtney Lawes holds the Ellis-Mobbs Cup trophy aloft
The Ella-Mobbs trophy had Lawes’ fingerprints all over it. The flanker has firmly established himself as England’s captain in recent weeks.
He is refreshingly laid back off the pitch but relentlessly intense on it. His laissez-faire approach to leadership has allowed the youngsters to shine, with back-three tyros Freddie Steward and Tommy Freeman playing key roles in last night’s victory.