Former England boss Eddie Jones has refuted Danny Cipriani’s claims that he grilled him about his relationship with Kirsty Gallacher.
In an extract from his new book ‘Who Am I?’, Cipriani said that Jones acted like ‘a horny teenager’ when asking about his ex-girlfriend.
The former England international, who found life in the national team tough under the 63-year-old, said: “Eddie comes and sits next to me. The first words out of his mouth are, ‘Mate, doesn’t Kirsty Gallacher live around here? Haven’t you s****ed her? What’s she like?’
“I’ve just split up with Kirsty, after a short relationship, and it’s not something I want to talk to my head coach about, or anyone else for that matter.
“Eddie keeps pecking, like a horny teenager, and in the end I tell him straight, ‘Eddie, I don’t want to talk about this, it’s making me uncomfortable.'”
Jones has now dismissed the claims made by Cipriani as he told The Daily Mail: “We didn’t have a close relationship, so I’m hardly going to engage in a conversation like that with him.
“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.
“I cannot remember that,” he said when asked if he spoke about TV presenter Gallacher in that way and when questioned if the claims have upset him, he replied: “It’s just f***ing nonsense. If anyone is stupid enough to pay attention to it then good luck to them.”
Jones went on to add: “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 left his role as England boss in December and is now back in charge of the Australia national side.
He recently hit out at journalists in a press conference due to their negativity ahead of the Rugby World Cup.
The tournament is due to begin this Friday in Paris when hosts France take on joint-record three-time winners New Zealand.