March 31, 2023

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Eddie Jones, Wallabies backline could possibly be finest in world

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Wallabies coach Eddie Jones says the Australian backline he has inherited has the potential to be the world’s finest.

However in the identical breath Jones warned that expertise will depend for little at this yr’s Rugby World Cup in France if it is not married with arduous work, depth and cohesion.

The 63-year-old laid out his street map at a press convention in Sydney, in his first week within the job since changing Dave Rennie on a bumper 5 yr contract.

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”What I do know is that our gamers do not lack expertise. They do not lack expertise,” Jones stated.

“In case you did a World XV right this moment on expertise you’d have a good few Australian gamers in there. You’ve got simply bought to look probably on the backline Australia might have, probably.

“And also you’re pondering ‘yeah, is there a greater backline on the earth now?’ However that does not once more, , as I stated that does not win you Take a look at matches.

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“What wins you Take a look at matches is whether or not you run arduous to do this inside clear, whether or not you return over your head, to chase a kick. And so I would like to search out the best steadiness.”

A possible World Cup backline could possibly be Nic White, Quade Cooper, Marika Koroibete, Samu Kerevi, Len Ikitau, Mark Nawaqanitawase and Tom Banks.

5-eighth stays the largest head scratcher, as Rennie’s first decide, Cooper, continues his rehab from a ruptured Achilles.

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Jones will depart no stone unturned in assessing the deserves of the contenders and identify dropped two Waratahs kids as being within the choice body.

”On the finish of the final England tour, I watched (Tane) Edmed and (Ben) Donaldson play in opposition to one another, Eastwood v Randwick down at Coogee Oval, and each of them have gotten rather a lot to love about them,” Jones stated.

“Donaldson performed properly on the final tour, he is a younger man coming although and he seems like he is bought an excellent head on him. So who is aware of?

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“And there is nice competitors there, hopefully we have got Quade coming again, (Bernard) Foley’s enjoying properly in Japan, (James) O’Connor might be match for the Reds, you then’ve bought (Noah) Lolesio on the Brumbies, a younger man whose had some expertise in Take a look at rugby.

“So it’ll be aggressive, however we’re positively going to should determine the hierarchy of 10s… you need cohesion, significantly within the backbone of your group, so we’ll attempt to get to that as shortly as we are able to.”

Jones’ first key calls might be selecting his assistant coaches.

The incumbents are forwards specialists Dan McKellar and Laurie Fisher in addition to scrum coach Petrus du Plessis.

The Wallabies have been already on the lookout for a brand new backs coach after Scott Wisemantel resigned in January.

Jones labored with Wisemantel in England and will probably attempt to twist his arm whereas his former Brumbies protégé, Stephen Larkham, is an alternative choice in World Cup yr.

“If we win the World Cup it adjustments issues for rugby in Australia,” Jones stated.

“So our goal is to win the World Cup, then we’ll fear about what occurs after that.

“To win the World Cup, we will take this gifted group of gamers, who’re going to should work collectively to make a group that has a aggressive edge over the remainder of the world. In case you have a look at world rugby in the mean time, there’s six groups not separated by a cigarette paper. They’re so tight.”

The Wallabies are ranked sixth on the earth behind Eire, France, New Zealand, South Africa and England.

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