Eddie Jones fired back at Danny Cipriani comments, says story is 'complete fabrication' - Ruck

Eddie Jones fired back at Danny Cipriani comments, says story is ‘complete fabrication’

Former England head coach and current Japan manager, Eddie Jones, has responded sharply to allegations made by Danny Cipriani.

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In his book, Cipriani claims Jones made an inappropriate remark about a supposed involvement between him and Scottish TV presenter Kirsty Gallacher.

Cipriani alleges that Jones asked him, “Mate, doesn’t Kirsty Gallacher live around here? Haven’t you shagged her? What’s she like?”

Jones dismissed the claim, stating, “That’s hardly the sort of language I would use. It’s not how I speak to players. In all the years I’ve coached, there would be very few conversations like that with players.

“It’s not to say I haven’t had a conversation like that, but there would have been very few – and certainly not with Cipriani.”

Jones labelled Cipriani’s comments as “absurd, fabrication and f****** nonsense,” and indicated he wasn’t taking the claims seriously.

“We didn’t have a close relationship, so I’m hardly going to engage in a conversation like that with him,” Jones said.

“To be quite frank, it’s a complete fabrication. We didn’t select him. When players don’t get selected, they always have an axe to grind – we know that.

“He’s selling a book, so nothing surprises me when players want to sell books. It’s absurd. It’s almost too absurd to talk about. I think it’s very sad for him that he feels he has to make something up to sell his book.”

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Benhard Janse van Rensburg

South African centre Benhard Janse van Rensburg joined the Bristol Bears from London Irish following their collapse in June 2023.

The former London Irish midfielder, who can operate at inside and outside centre and also cover fly-half, made more than 50 appearances for the Exiles over two seasons, scoring 11 Premiership tries.

During the 2022/23 season, the former Free State Cheetah made six tries assists and beat 33 defenders.

Benhard van Rensburg of London Irish during the Gallagher Premiership match between London Irish and Harlequins at The Gtech Community Stadium, London on 29 January 2023 (Photo: Danny Loo/PPAUK)