Six Nations organisers launch investigation after England coach allegedly hit by beer bottle before Calcutta Cup victory over Scotland

Six Nations organisers will launch an investigation after Eddie Jones claimed a member of his England backroom staff was struck by a plastic beer bottle.

Neil Craig, the RFU’s head of elite performance and Jones’ right-hand man, was allegedly hit by the bottle as the team arrived at Murrayfield for Saturday’s Calcutta Cup clash vs Scotland.

Eddie Jones criticised the hostile reception England received at Murrayfield after a member of his backroom staff was struck on the head by a plastic beer bottle

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Eddie Jones criticised the hostile reception England received at Murrayfield after a member of his backroom staff was struck on the head by a plastic beer bottle

Scottish Rugby have issued an apology for the incident, but maintain ‘there is no evidence the bottle was thrown or intended to hit any individual’.

A video on social media suggests the weather was to blame for the incident, which left Craig unhurt.

The Red Rose defied the treacherous conditions brought to Edinburgh by Storm Ciara to edge Scotland 13-6 and revive their Six Nations title quest.

Swirling wind and driving rain turned the round two contest into a lottery as points became a precious commodity that were fought over ferociously in a dreadful spectacle beyond the tension created.

Penalties by Owen Farrell and Adam Hastings produced a scoreline of 3-3 entering the final quarter and it took until the 70th minute for England to engineer the decisive moment and lift the Calcutta Cup for the first time since 2017.

They thought they had scored moments earlier when Owen Farrell appeared to have capitalised on Stuart Hogg’s hesitation under the posts, but the ensuing five-metre scrum began a barrage on the line that ended when Ellis Genge powered over.

The boos from the home supporters played into what was tagged as a ‘niggly fixture’ by Jones before the game, although the Australian is adamant throwing missiles was a step too far.

“We weren’t expecting beer bottles to be thrown at us, so that’s a pretty good trick,” said Jones.

England regained the Calcutta Cup with a gritty defeat of Scotland

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England regained the Calcutta Cup with a gritty defeat of Scotland

“That’s a pretty good achievement isn’t it, throwing beer bottles, You have to be pretty brave to throw a beer bottle.

“Neil has a hard head, I know that, and there is not much inside it!”