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Eddie Jones backed as ‘right person’ to lead Australia

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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ABshadez 288 days ago

Eddie Jones is actually the ONLY person that could bring back Aussie swagger, attitude and culture to the Wallabies. He is the last remaining and active coach that was schooled and succeeded the greats of Aussie rugby coaching from the 80's and 90's. (Bob Dwyer, Alan Jones, Rod McQueen...)
It was his Wallabies that gave us kiwis the heebee jeebees every year and kept the Bledisloe away from great AB teams of the late 90's/ early 00's. Teams with legends like Jonah, Cullen, Spencer, Tana...
Aussie rugby has lost its swagger and its unique historical strengths and style. Rugby is as much about our unique attitudes as it is about the skills we take to the field. Attitude to the game has changed Aussie rugby. It has happened since they played started appointing great Kiwis to coach Aussies.
I hate him. Still. He is better now because of his travels. Better positioned with his experience to coach the Aussies I must clarify.
England never perform consistently awesome for any coach. Why would Aussie Eddie be different? Even Sir Woodward copped massive losses before eventually getting to the right mix of players, his conditions to achieve his vision being met by the RFU and a tonne of luck falling his way (injuries, other countries form...) Don't forget that Eddie's England beat the ABs and Boks. He knows how to tap into that. He just couldn't tap into how England could best beat other Europe teams.

Mario 289 days ago

Steady Eddie going fwud😆

Another 290 days ago

Is to unreasonable to point out that the views of an Assistant Coach about who should be Head coach is something of a vested interest?

Henry 290 days ago

Eddie is, as they say, All mouth and no trousers!!!

Henry 290 days ago

I’m gobsmacked. Eddie is I’m afraid a proven loser. The Aussies sacked Deans, Cheika … and yes, Rennie … for far less. Clean house and start over!

BigMaul 290 days ago

You’re welcome Australia. From an England fan. Good riddance.

roger 290 days ago

what a load of crap...EJ selections for the world cup squad have lead to defeats by fiji and wales. jones is now a proven loser with england and australia. he should do the honorable thing and resign. wallaby supporters will flee to other codes if eddie and hamish remain. private equity firms have shown no confidence in this mob
wallaby and srp followers have had enough of RA's bullshit.

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