Australian suffered the worst defeat in its history at the hands of Wales of 40 to 6, on the third date of World Cup and abandoned one step away from elimination in the group stage. Amidst rumors of his departure, Eddie Jones received the endorsement of two of the Wallabies figures: Michael Hooper, in an interview with Stan Sports and on Will Skelton, from France. It’s worth remembering that None of them were considered by the coach for the World Cup and they were not in the World Cup squad due to an injury.. The entire World Cup, on Star+.
Unexpectedly, former Wallabies captain and leader Michael Hooper backed Eddie Jones after Australia’s heavy defeat against Wales. “There’s a lot going on with Eddie (Jones), and maybe there’s some justice in that. But I’m in the camp. There’s no one higher than him, he’s up to 11PM, thinking about how to make the team more good.” , and wake up at 3AM answering messages on how to improve” said the third line.
Then the Australian forward continued: “There is no lack of desire for him to make this team the best it can be. There is always someone to criticize: first the players, the coaches, the technical staff, the rugby community in general an, but let’s stop criticizing Eddie (Jones). ). I hate to see people boo, no matter who. You know people are taking risks, whether they are players or coaches. Let’s not criticize Eddie Jones.”
Similarly, another Australian leader, Will Skelton, supported the current coach of the Wallabies. The second row, who is the captain after Hooper, also defended Eddie Jones and gave his reasons why he should continue to lead the Oceania team. “I think because of his long-term vision and what he wants to be Australian rugby again, the way he relates to the group. You see in the media he has his personality, but when you see him one on one, in front of the team, how he talks, how he manages, guys follow him and so do I“, said.
Skelton also spoke of Jones’ qualities, saying: “He is an amazing coach with a great rugby IQ. We learn every day when we work with him. He simplifies rugby for us. Unfortunately, we cannot rise to the occasion, to really show that training that he did. happened in recent months. It’s up to the players and us to assume it and put our hands up too.”.
Finally, he denied rumors that the departure of the Japan coach had affected Australia’s game ahead of the match against Wales. “I don’t think it was a distraction. I think it’s something that is cleared up…Eddie denies it to us. We also have full confidence in him. I don’t think it was a distraction before the game . I don’t need to ask him (Jones) directly. “I heard the press conference last night. I trust what he says, he is a man of his word. He has the full support of the group.” Skelton said.