By Ian Herbert For The Mail On Sunday
Published: 22:30 GMT, 1 February 2020 | Updated: 12:07 GMT, 2 February 2020
The father of an 18-year-old rugby player who died after a double tackle has said that Eddie Jones is contributing to a deadly culture of violence in rugby with his vow to be ‘brutal’ against a young France side.
Philippe Chauvin, whose son Nicolas died 48 hours after being hit by two opponents in his first start for the Stade Francais academy team, told The Mail on Sunday that England head coach Jones’ promise of ‘absolute brutality’ in the Six Nations opener reflects the sport’s drift into ‘an apology for violence’.
Chauvin, whose fatal tackle in December 2018 is captured in devastating detail in a video which has been viewed by The Mail on Sunday, said: ‘Eddie Jones’ statements are not reassuring if you take at face value the promise of violence that will be imposed on the youngsters of the French XV.
Eddie Jones' comments about brutality have angered a number of people in the rugby world
He promised 'absolute brutality' in England's Six Nations opener against France on Sunday
‘Is English rugby in the same state of drift [as the French game]? What happens if there are serious injuries or worse when the two