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‘The economy is going to suffer’: Eddie Jones’ blunt message to All Blacks

By Finn Morton
Wallabies head coach Eddie Jones smiles during an Australia Wallabies training session at Brighton Grammar School on July 25, 2023 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Pockett/Getty Images)

Wallabies coach Eddie Jones believes the fate of the New Zealand economy rests on the All Blacks’ shoulders heading into this weekend’s Bledisloe Cup opener.

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Yes, you read that right. The legendary coach said “the economy is going to suffer” if the All Blacks fail to beat their arch-rivals at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Saturday.

After the Wallabies revealed their team to take on New Zealand, Jones spoke with reporters alongside acting captain Allan Alaalatoa.

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With a smile on his face, the charismatic coach spoke for about 20 minutes about some bold selection decisions and, bizarrely, politics.

Jones is confident the Wallabies will turn their fortunes around against the All Blacks, and made sure to heap as much pressure as possible on Australia’s heavily favoured rivals.

This isn’t just about rugby anymore.

“Imagine Saturday night, 85,000 people, their biggest rugby crowd since 2007 and they’ve come to watch two teams that have got good respect for each other but at the same time they dislike each other,” Jones told reporters.

“There’s nothing better than winning against New Zealand because you feel the country sinking.

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“It’s not just rugby that sinks, the country sinks. The whole economy goes down. The Prime Minister is there with his fingers crossed hoping the All Blacks win because he knows the economy is going to drop if they lose.

“We can have the effect and at the same time Australian kids want to play rugby again, because at the moment too many of them want to play AFL… we want to kids to play rugby because it’s the greatest game of all.

“Maybe put the New Zealand Prime Minister on call that the economy is going to suffer and at the same time raise our stakes here.”

The Wallabies are currently last on The Rugby Championship standings and the All Blacks occupy pole position.

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The Aussies havee been beaten by both South Africa and Argentina this month. Looking to bounce back with a win at ‘the G,’ coach Jones has made some big changes.

Rising star Carter Gordon has been picked at flyhalf ahead of Quade Cooper, and will partner Queensland Reds halfback Tate McDermott in the halves.

Angus Bell, Nick Frost, Tom Hooper, Jordan Petaia and Andrew Kellaway have also been injected into the starting lineup. In total, Jones has made seven changes to the First XV.

“My history against New Zealand is important. It’s always the biggest game mate, you’re playing against the best in the world,” Jones added.

“When you’re playing against them, not many people think you can win so that’s the opportunity for us.

“We’re an Australian team, we’re developing, we’re moving along a pathway but can we put the Kiwis under pressure on Saturday? Yes, under a lot of pressure and maybe they’re going to get a bit of a surprise.

“We’re ready to go mate. We’ll see what happens.”

The Wallabies take on fierce rivals New Zealand at the world-famous Melbourne Cricket Ground on Saturday evening. If Australia lose, the Kiwis retain the Bledisloe Cup for at least another year.

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alan 358 days ago

We'll see...

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Neale 358 days ago

More shit from the busted flush, the words 'plot' and 'lost' spring to mind.

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Mark 359 days ago

If only a coaches win % was linked to his rhetoric!!

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Jmann 359 days ago

Eddie is probably the most fun to listen to coach in world rugby. The sport absolutely needs characters like him.

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rod 359 days ago

Wow Eddie Jones has to resort to politics? Demeaning a rugby team is one thing but criticism of a country goes too far! Expect the ABS to win by 50 +

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christiaan 359 days ago

This guy ay, savage!

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Shaylen 5 hours ago
Ireland and South Africa share the same player development dilemma

These guys will be utility players Nick it cannot be helped because coaches cannot help themselves. Rassie looks at players like these and sees the ability to cover multiple positions without losing much. It allows the 6-2 or 7-1. He wont change his coaching style or strategy for one player. At provincial level players like these are indispensable. If there is an injury to your starting 12 but your back up 12 is a bit iffy then a coach is going to go with the back up 10 who is gold and who can play a good 12. Damian Willemse for the Springboks is an obvious case, for the Stormers its the same. Dobson plays him at 12 or 15, with Gelant in the team he plays 12 but if Gelant goes down he doesnt go for his back up 15, he just puts Willemse there. With Frawley its the same at international and provincial level. He just slots in wherever. Frans Steyn made a career out of it. He was much maligned though as a youngster as he never fully developed into any role. He then went to Japan and France to decide for himself what kind of player he was, put on muscle and retained his big boot, ran over players and booted the ball long and came back into the Springboks after about 3 years away and was then certain about how he wanted to play the game no matter what position. Coaches cannot help themselves because they only want what is best for their teams and that means putting your most talented players on even if it means you cause them some discomfort. Sometimes players need to decide how they want to play the game and then adapt that to every position and let the coach decide how they want to use them.

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Jon 11 hours ago
Ireland and South Africa share the same player development dilemma

I think the main problem here is the structure of both countries make up. They are going to have very similar.. obstacles(not problems). It will just be part of the evolution of their rugby and they’ll need to find a way to make this versatility more advantageous than specialization. I think South Africa are well on the way to that end already, but Ireland are more likely to have a hierarchical approach and move players around the provinces. Ioane is going to be more than good enough to lock up one of those available positions for more than a few years I believe though. Morgan would definitely be a more long term outlook. Sacha to me has the natural footwork of a second five. Not everything is about winning, if a team has 3 players that want to play 10s just give them all a good go even if its to the detriment of everyone, this is also about dreams of the players, not just the fans. This is exactly how it would be in an amateur club setting. Ultimately some players just aren’t suited to any one position. The example was of a guy that had size and speed, enough pace to burn, power to drive, and speed to kick and pass long, but just not much else when it came to actual rugby (that matched it). New Zealand has it’s own example with Jordie Barrett and probably shows what Reece Hodge could have been if the game in Australia had any administration. Despite the bigger abundance of talent in NZ, Jordie was provided with consistent time as a fullback, before being ushered in as a second five. Possibly this was due to his blood, and another might not have been as fortunate, but it is what it was, a complete contrast to how Hodge was used in Australia, were he could have had any position he wanted. When it comes down to it though, much like these young fellas, it will be about what they want, and I think you’ll find they’ll be like Hodge and just want to be as valuable to the team as they can and play wherever. It’s not like 63 International Cap is a hard thing to live with as a result of that decision!

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