The Rugby Football Union have expressed their regret at a video celebrating their ‘2011 Grand Slam’ has been published on You Tube.

The video was produced by their official kit supplier Nike and the RFU said:

“The RFU works with all its commercial partners on their sponsorship activation.

“Forward planning is a crucial part of all commercial partnerships and all contingencies, winning or losing, have to be considered.

“It is disappointing that details of Nike’s internal planning has got into the public domain.

“In no way did the RFU or the England team underestimate the challenge that the Ireland team would pose.

“We were well beaten by a team who played better and we have the utmost respect for (Ireland coach) Declan Kidney and the Irish players.”