Danny Cipriani blasts Eddie Jones’ ‘limited understanding’ of rugby and claims the Australian ‘brought the sport down’ in a heavy-handed response after the Wallabies coach took aim at the RFU over the terrible form of England.
- Danny Cipriani fired back at Eddie Jones for his RFU comments
- Jones blamed RFU for England’s dismal form under Steve Borthwick
- But Cipriani says Jones ‘strained rugby’ during his tenure
Eddie Jones was brutally whipped by one of his former stars as Danny Cipriani blasted the Wallabies coach’s ‘limited understanding’ of the game on social media.
Jones dealt another blow to the RFU ahead of the Rugby World Cup on Friday, with the former England manager insisting the blame for his former team’s poor form lies firmly with the organisation.
“Everyone looks at the head coach and (says) ‘Blame the head coach'”. But the responsibility of producing quality players lies with the RFU. And that didn’t happen,” he told Radio 4.
“You have to think about why you’re not bringing in talent. Next, you need to examine why your talent development systems aren’t doing it.
The Australian, who coached England for seven years, was at the center of an acrimonious exit last December and has launched numerous attacks since returning to his homeland with the Wallabies, but Cipriani has fought back against his former coach.
Danny Cipriani has claimed Eddie Jones had ‘failed rugby’ as England manager.
The Wallabies boss lashed out at the RFU on Friday, saying they were to blame for England’s form.
“What an amazing escape,” Cipriani told her 140,000 followers.
“Again…As England head coach you have set the standard to be followed, not by winning, but by being a leader that people look up to or look up to, being responsible and inspiring a nation through your vision.
“Not by putting employees down, going through staff, having limited understanding of the game and getting hired because the RFU doesn’t know what they’re looking for, hence why they hired Eddie.
“The RFU have a huge role to play, but Eddie passing the buck is nothing new…”
In response to a fan, Cipriani added that Jones “kicked rugby into the ground” during his time at the helm.
But Cipriani says Jones’ ‘limited understanding of the game’ hampered England
“Rugby has to bring change to this country,” he said. “Eddie drove him deeper into the ground after a shocking W/C exit in 2015.
“If reaching the World Cup final in 2019 or even winning it in 2003 was enough to grow the game, then that’s what would have happened.
“The RFUs have a huge role to play, it’s not a serious matter. Selling Twickenham is not difficult. Only when they don’t will they think of looking in the mirror…’