"A lot of players and people have done those private Q and As and I'm sure he didn't mean it to be offensive towards Ireland or Irish rugby", Best said.
An RFU spokeswoman said: "Eddie has apologised for his inappropriate remarks, and the RFU is also very sorry for any offence caused and will apologise to the IRFU and WRU".
Ireland won the championship by beating Scotland 28-8 last weekend, and must end England's 14-match unbeaten run at Twickenham under Jones in order to claim the Grand Slam.
With England already enduring their worst campaign since 2009, Ireland have the chance to compound the dethroned champions' misery and inflict their third defeat of the championship - something they have not experienced since 2006 in a year that ended with head coach Andy Robinson losing his job.
"I don't think any of the team would care if it was 3-0, I don't think we would be uninspired by a 3-0 victory", he said.
"This time previous year we were scrambling around, we thought Conor Murray was going to play on the Thursday, and Kieran Marmion came in and did superbly", said Schmidt.
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Jones was due to name his team to face NatWest 6 Nations champions Ireland at a media conference on Thursday morning at England's training base at Pennyhill Park in Surrey.
Ireland have wrapped up the Six Nations title with a round to spare but every team goes into "Super Saturday" with plenty to play for, not least the four sides who can still finish second.
Those injuries in the back row may have forced Jones' hand, but Armand's presence could be pivotal to England getting back on track and upsetting Ireland's party. "We've got a few injuries in that No8 spot so we're relying on Simmonds and need another back-up".
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