In the toughest week of his England career, video footage emerged of the Red Rose boss abusing his Six Nations rivals in a leadership talk at a company close to his employer's sponsors, Mitsubishi.
Opening his Ireland team announcement with a statement, the under-fire Aussie boss attempted to quickly draw a line on the sorry state of affairs.
Grovelling Jones, who has dodged a Six Nations rap for the verbal attack, said: "I would like to say I apologise for the remarks – I sincerely mean that and I really don't have anything else to say on the matter. I think the other matter is dead.
"I have made the statement and don't have anything else to say on it. I think I have made every statement that I need to make."
Asked if it was now extra motivation for Joe Schmidt's Ireland, Jones said: "I think the grand slam is enough motivation."
Just 24 hours earlier – footage of the England boss speaking at a paid for Commercial event in Japan was released on the internet.
In it, the 58-year-old said: "We've only lost one Test to the scummy Irish. I'm still dirty about that game, but we will get 'em back, don't worry."
And recalling a story about Japan's youth team being hammered by Wales, he added: "Wales! Who knows Wales? Wales is this little s*** place that has got three million people."
George Ford, Dan Cole, Joe Launchbury and Danny Care have all been dropped by England.
Wielding the axe, Jones has made wholesale changes to his side to face grand slam chasing Ireland.
With Ford getting the bullet, Owen Farrell will start in his regular No10 shirt.
Prop Cole is on the bench with Kyle Sinckler the starting tighthead prop.
And Care is also culled at scrum half with Richard Wigglesworth the new half-back pairing with Farrell.
Kruis has also come into the second row to partner his Sarries team-mate Maro Itoje in the engine room.
Hooker Dylan Hartley is fit to start after recovering from a calf strain.
Jones said: “We can’t wait to get back to Twickenham and play there.
"We have had a couple of tough games on the road and to get back and play in front of our 24th man will be exciting for the players and they will be looking forward to putting in a good performance.
“Ireland is a very good team. We have seen in every game the physical contest has been quite enormous so we have to meet that physical challenge and then play smart tactically.”
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