Alan Jones has slammed Wallabies coach Eddie Jones ahead of the World Cup, saying Australia have gone backwards since taking office in January – and that he keeps creating a toxic sporting environment.
Jones, who coached the Wallabies and won a prestigious Grand Slam in 1984 after beating England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, says the current coach is living on borrowed time.
He referred to Jones’s most recent Test record, which saw him manage just one win from 14 games in two stints as Australia coach.
Jones also won just four of his last 13 Tests while in charge of England.
“The attack coach [Brad Davis] “I went to France on the eve of the team’s departure and the defense manager has never coached a rugby union team before,” Jones wrote in a heated column for code sports.
Alan Jones has slammed Wallabies manager Eddie Jones ahead of the World Cup, saying Australia have backed down since taking office in January
Alan Jones coached the Wallabies in the 1980s and won the prestigious 1984 Grand Slam
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“As far as I know, the Maul trainer is a former Scrum half. [And] The lineout trainer is a former Scrum trainer.’
Jones accused the Wallabies boss of creating a terrible environment when he took over as manager of the Queensland Reds in 2005 after being sacked as coach of the national team.
“It got so toxic in the dressing room that the players rebelled; and in the final game of the season, in 2007, Eddie Jones’s side of Queensland were crushed 92-3 by the Bulls of South Africa,” he wrote.
Alan Jones also criticized the fact that Eddie “had 18 coaches and 112 players” when he was in charge of England and accused him of employing too many assistants, including a “learning coach”, in his current tenure with the Wallabies.
“What are all these people doing?” Jones wrote before asking what else Eddie could do with such a large team of assistants around him.
“The excuses never stop,” he continued, explaining that one of the justifications for the Wallabies’ poor form – the young age of the team – was “nonsense” because “if you’re good enough, age doesn’t matter. “
In another wild column published by The Express Earlier in the year, Jones pointed out that respected Australian rugby greats such as Roger Gould and Andrew Blades resigned when Jones was in charge.
Both men felt disrespected – and Jones’ former assistant coach Ewan McKenzie ended up in a psychiatric ward during the 2003 World Cup season after being pushed to the brink of failure.
Jones didn’t finish, explaining that the Wallabies trainer “clearly exhibits personality traits that psychologists would associate with someone suffering from antisocial personality disorder (ASPD)”.
As Jones points out, people with ASPD are typically “controlling, aggressive, and show no guilt or remorse for their destructive behavior.”
They are often referred to as “sociopaths” or even “psychopaths.”
Eddie Jones is confident the Wallabies are on track ahead of the World Cup – despite losing their last five Tests (pictured: Australia v France on August 27)
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Former England captain Dylan Hartley said he felt like an “outdated piece of meat” while being coached by Jones, whose wild nature could prove to be his ultimate undoing.
Before the World Cup in France, Jones was extremely protective of his players.
He lashed out at reporters at Sydney Airport last month when asked why the likes of Michael Hooper and Quade Cooper made blatant omissions in his most recent squad.
Jones told reporters to “give themselves an uppercut” and that the media was “negative about everything.”
The Wallabies are 5-0 under Jones after he took over the reins from Dave Rennie in January.
Before the World Cup opener against Georgia on September 10 (AEST), Australia also fell back to their worst world rankings of all time: ninth place.