Incoming Queensland Reds coach Eddie Jones has defused a potential row with senior QRU officials by denying he had called them idiots.
Jones telephoned QRU boss Theo Psaros and Reds general manager Alex Pope to say comments he had made on a Sydney radio station on Monday had been taken out of context.
In the interview Jones, when discussing the need for a fresh start for the Reds, had said “only idiots repeat failure and that is what has been happening there”.
But in a statement the Reds said the former Wallabies coach clarified the comments to say “he (Jones) would be an idiot if he repeated mistakes that had been made in the past.”
“We’re satisfied with the explanation that Eddie gave and as far as we’re concerned the matter is closed,” Pope told the Australian Associated Press.
“All our dealings with Eddie have been positive and we’re excited about him coming on board to do what he was employed to do – to improve the performance of the Queensland Reds.”
Jones will return from England next week to join Miller for the Reds final Super 14 game of the season against the Highlanders in Townsville.
The Reds, who face the Hurricanes in Wellington on Friday night after a 36-0 hiding from the ACT Brumbies, expect to learn later this week whether Drew Mitchell will stay in Queensland.
The Wallabies utility is considering an offer from the Brumbies, while the big spending Western Force is also chasing him.