Rugby fans have lost patience with Eddie Jones and his Wallabies’ rebuild, including Australian legend David Campese who joined fans in lambasting the coach after Fiji’s failure.
The Wallabies’ Rugby World Cup has reached crisis point after a shock defeat to Fiji, meaning Australia may fail to advance from the group stage for the first time in their history.
Jones’ second coming as Wallabies coach was designed to lead a new generation of players, but so far it has only resulted in failure.
If the Wallabies lose to Wales in their final pool match this weekend, it will be the end of their World Cup campaign – and fans have had enough.
“Outstanding effort from Fiji. The Wallabies were sad. Eddie Jones is a snake oil salesman,” one posted after Jones previously said this team would win the World Cup.
“If Eddie Jones was a sleeper agent sent from England to weaken Australian rugby, how would he act differently?” asked another.
“I think Eddie Jones will be unemployed after the World Cup,” one fan posted, echoing the sentiment of many.
The Wallabies hit rock bottom after losing to Fiji for the first time in 69 years to put their Rugby World Cup ambitions on life support.
David Campese, pictured holding the Webb Ellis Trophy, is a World Cup winner and criticized Jones over the current state of Australian rugby.
Jones infamously promised that this team would win the World Cup, but now they could make history for the wrong reasons and not qualify for the quarter-finals at all.
Wallabies legend David Campese, who played in the 1991 World Cup triumph, says the time for excuses is over.
“Of course, losing players like Will Skelton and Taniela Tupou didn’t help our cause, but World Cup campaigns are based on teams not individuals, and it was our team and our management who failed “, he wrote.
“Seeing the Wallabies get sucked into playing Fiji at their own game really annoyed me. Australia seemed determined to match the same power-carrying game, but without the artillery to deliver it.
It was a team that didn’t know how to attack and didn’t know each other’s games.
David Campese, Wallabies legend
Given the kicking options of Nic White, Carter Gordon and Ben Donaldson, I was surprised the Australians didn’t use their exit and open field football skills to get into territorial positions where they would have the ability to keep the scoreboard running. the beginning.
“When you have the advantage in the lineout, kicking is an obvious weapon since you have a one in five chance of stealing the ball away from a set piece.
“But then to suddenly switch to a kicking strategy in the last five minutes, when Australia had to run the entire length of the field to draw, absolutely defied my understanding. This was a team that didn’t didn’t know how to attack and didn’t know other people’s games in terms of attack.
“This is simply not the way the Wallabies play rugby and if we continue to do this we will lose the support of our people who come to see our traditional Australian brand – attacking, intelligent and highly skilled, ironically the qualities that Fiji demonstrated all evening in this match.’
While the majority of Wallabies supporters were shocked, disappointed and frustrated, a handful defended Jones and felt that the current state of rugby in Australia meant that any coach would have little success in France.
“Many will want to blame Eddie Jones, but the rot runs deeper,” one posted.
“The pathetic mismanagement of Australian rugby has led to this more than the selection of Eddie Jones,” added another.
Jones himself took full responsibility for the loss, even going so far as to apologize to Australian rugby fans.
“We are doing our best and I apologize for that,” he said.
“It’s my fault, I take full responsibility.
“It really hurts, it hurts personally, 100 percent. I am 100 percent responsible for this.
“I chose a young team and I want this young team to be a good team.
“We had a bad day today, which can happen and we need to be better next week.
“It’s my responsibility.”
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