WATCH: Andy Goode slams Jones following Youngs interview
When you reach cult hero status like Andy Goode has done, you can pretty much say whatever you like.
Yesterday the 17 times capped out-half took umbrage with how Ben Youngs chose to conduct his interview with Sky Sports.
However, as opposed to Goodey’s anger being directed at Youngs, it was aimed squarely at the feet of Eddie Jones.
In the interview, the 28-year-old was asked by Gail Davis if England’s fifth defeat in a row felt like “a bad case of deja vu”.
Youngs quickly replied “Yeah, we’re really disappointed. We lost the series, we’re gutted about that, we’ll work hard this week and we look forward to getting it right next week,” before disappearing after just 11 seconds.
He has since apologised, but England scrum-half Ben Youngs was visibly unhappy with his sides series loss to South Africa.
Where do England go from here? pic.twitter.com/QLFgU22UWm
— Sky Sports Rugby (@SkySportsRugby) June 16, 2018
Goode, clearly unhappy with the manner in which Youngs conducted himself replied with the following:
Very bizarre and disrespectful from @benyoungs09 walking off from the interview with @SkySportsRugby. This isn’t how Ben handles himself so is a clear reflection on Eddie Jones and how he’s handled the media. You have to front up to answer questions whether you win or lose. pic.twitter.com/K8RPrqaVvg
— Andy Goode (@AndyGoode10) June 16, 2018
“Very bizarre and disrespectful from
@benyoungs09 walking off from the interview with @SkySportsRugby. This isn’t how Ben handles himself so is a clear reflection on Eddie Jones and how he’s handled the media. You have to front up to answer questions whether you win or lose,” said Goode.
And it wasn’t just Goodey that was annoyed, journalist Piers Morgan tweeted “England can’t even front up a post-match interview let alone a Test match. Pathetic from @benyoungs09. He should apologise to Gail Davis.”
World Cup-winning coach Clive Woodward said it was “simply bad manners and childish” in his column for Daily Mail.
Youngs, obviously aware of the backlash from his actions, later apologised in a subsequent tweet.
“Just wanted to say sorry I walked off during my interview with Sky Sports. Obviously was very emotional and disappointed with result. Good to chat to Gail second time round just now. We go again in Cape Town. Thank you everyone”