NRL star-turned Wallabies star Mat Rogers sums up the “terrible” reason why Eddie Jones made the right decision in the controversial decision to unseat two of rugby’s biggest stars for the World Cup

NRL star-turned Wallabies star Mat Rogers sums up the “terrible” reason why Eddie Jones made the right decision in the controversial decision to unseat two of rugby’s biggest stars for the World Cup

Former Cross Code star Mat Rogers has backed Eddie Jones’ brave decision to drop veterans Michael Hooper and Quade Cooper ahead of the World Cup in France.

Rogers, 47, made his NRL debut with the Sharks in 1995 before being lured on home soil to switch under Jones and play for the Wallabies ahead of the 2003 World Cup.

He said Big World of Sports He wasn’t surprised Hooper and Cooper were left out, citing “terrible” results over the past decade.

“Do we want to keep picking the same players and getting the same results?” Rogers asked.

“I don’t want to sound harsh but the reality is that as a nation we haven’t gotten the results that we wished for in the last 10 to 12 years.”

Former Cross Code star Mat Rogers (pictured playing for the Wallabies) has backed Eddie Jones despite controversy over picking the coach for the World Cup squad

Former Cross Code star Mat Rogers (pictured playing for the Wallabies) has backed Eddie Jones despite controversy over picking the coach for the World Cup squad

Rogers acknowledged Cooper had a great career, but feels part of a loser culture playing for the Wallabies

Rogers acknowledged Cooper had a great career, but feels part of a loser culture playing for the Wallabies

“It was awful, to be honest. ‘Changes need to be made.’

Jones opted for a young squad for the World Cup, among whose beneficiaries were young talent Max Jorgensen and central defender Issak Fines-Leleiwasa.

Rogers called fly-half Carter Gordon a “huge talent” and pointed out how Jones captivated Matt Giteau as a 20-year-old.

He was a rising star for the ACT Brumbies at the time – but many felt he wasn’t up to testing standards.

From 2002 to 2016, the club played 103 Tests for the Wallabies.

Despite losing all five Tests since Jones replaced Dave Rennie in January, bookmakers see Australia as favorites to win Pool C and progress to the quarters.

There they could face Argentina or England by Michael Cheika.

In a much-needed boost, assistant coach Neal Hatley confirmed centre-back Samu Kerevi has recovered from a hand injury and is available for selection.

Many Wallabies fans were stunned to see openside flanker Michael Hooper left out of the World Cup roster

Many Wallabies fans were stunned to see openside flanker Michael Hooper left out of the World Cup roster

Australia have lost all five Tests this season, with Jones not having a win since taking charge in January (pictured the Wallabies after their loss to the All Blacks last month).

Australia have lost all five Tests this season, with Jones not having a win since taking charge in January (pictured the Wallabies after their loss to the All Blacks last month).

The Wallabies' last win came in November 2022 when they beat Wales 39-34 in Cardiff (pictured former captain James Slipper, centre, after losing to the All Blacks in July).

The Wallabies’ last win came in November 2022 when they beat Wales 39-34 in Cardiff (pictured former captain James Slipper, centre, after losing to the All Blacks in July).

If selected, Jorgensen will make history by becoming the youngest wallaby ever to play at a World Cup in the opening match.

The winger completed his HSC at Sydney’s exclusive St Joseph’s College on Hunters Hill last year.

The 19-year-old was expected not to be called up for the World Cup due to a knee injury sustained during the Super Rugby Pacific season with the NSW Waratahs – but Jones opted for the streaker.

Australia meets Georgia in the World Cup opener at 2am AEST on Sunday 10th September.

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Maureen Mackey

Maureen Mackey is a WSTPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Maureen Mackey joined WSTPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing: maureenmackey@wstpost.com.

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