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Rob Valetini of Australia looks dejected at full-time following the Rugby World Cup France 2023 match between Wales and Australia at Parc Olympique on September 24, 2023 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Adam Pretty - World Rugby/World Rugby via Getty Images)

Wallabies assistant coach Pierre-Henry Broncan believes that Eddie Jones is “the right person” to lead Australia out of their Rugby World Cup slump.


Australia are on the brink of pool-stage elimination for the first time in World Cup history.

Fiji need five points from their last two games against Georgia and Portugal to send the Wallabies packing and confirm a last-eight place alongside Wales from Pool C.

Former England boss Jones has received fierce criticism from many quarters following Australia’s record 40-6 loss to Wales in Lyon last weekend.

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He has also been strongly linked to coaching Japan after the tournament, suggesting that Sunday’s appointment with Portugal might be his farewell.

Asked if Jones is the right man to lead Australia forwards, Broncan said: “Yes, of course. I am sure about it because he is a great coach.

“I understand everything about it and I think in his head he wants now to find the best solution for the Australia national team and his country. He is the right person.”

And flanker Tom Hooper added: “I just think everyone is really happy Eddie is our coach at the moment. We have developed really well under him as a young team.


“He has had a hard task to take us forward. I have certainly gained a lot from being coached under him.

“Whoever the coach is going forwards, as a young team and as a playing group in Australia everyone is going to put in for whoever has the job and if that’s Eddie, that would be just as good.

“He had some really encouraging words for us on the night after (Wales) – and that will stay in house – but he is a great mentor.

“He made sure the boys were up. He is always looking after us (as) number one, even to the point when he will sometimes fall on his sword for us.”



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