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Eddie Jones didn't criticise Emma Raducanu

Eddie Jones has sought to clarify his previous comments about player "distractions"- insisting he wasn't referrring to US Open winner Emma Raducanu.

The Austrialian previously referred to the "flood of distractions" fly-half Marcus Smith could face after starring for the England rugby team and mentioned that Raducanu had underperformed since her shock Grand Slam win- which led to his comments being called "uninformed and sexist".

Jones, 61, who says he has since written to Raducanu told BBC Sport.

He said: "The whole point was how difficult it is for young players to cope with distractions.

"So the point I made was not wrong.

"I can't control if it's taken out of context.

"There was no criticism of Emma.

"I have sent her a letter just to reinforce that and hopefully we'll see her at Twickenham shortly.

"I don't have any misgivings about what I said - I am disappointed it was taken out of context, and I would be disappointed if Emma was upset by it.

"It was deemed as being sexist and that was never the aim of the point."

Speaking last week, Jones said: "What have you seen her (Raducanu) on?

"The front page of Vogue, the front page of Harper's Bazaar, whatever it is, wearing Christian Dior clothes."

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