It was just after midnight in France when Rugby Australia made official the little bombshell which was starting to gain momentum on social networks via local media. The return of boss Eddie Jones, the last coach to have brought the World Cup back to the land of kangaroos, which was still a fantasy a few months ago, materialized with (almost) immediate effect. Exit, Dave Rennie and his starving total of 38% of victories (13 in 34 matches at his head, editor’s note), a necessary condition for the arrival of the 62-year-old technician, who will take office on January 29.
In the wake of the press release, the former Aussie rugby golden boy Matt Giteau, world champion under Jones in 2003, expressed his joy on his Twitter account: “Eddie is back! I have a thought for Rennie but at the same time if there is one person capable of changing things quickly, it is Eddie. Some of the players in the team do not yet know what awaits them.
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In his opinion piece of the day, Sydney Morning Herald sports chief Andrew Webster also didn’t go overboard with the headline: ‘Why Australian rugby needs Eddie Jones and his suspicious eyebrow’ . An opinion fairly shared in the other media in the country, which he punctuates in conclusion with “The next five years under Jones are certainly not going to be what people expect, in particular McLennan (the president of Rugby Australia, editor’s note). But it will be at least interesting and even a little glamorous”.
Because after three very bland years and only one victory in the last nine confrontations with the great rival New Zealand, Australia once again needed to dream. Everything in the communication around the return of the Jones myth has also been thought out in this direction.
…the president of the Australian federation too!
“Everyone agrees that Eddie is the best manager in the world and so when his contract was terminated with England we thought the opportunity was too good to pass up. Rugby Australia boss Hamish McLennan was quick to comment to ABC Sport We clearly believe that with Eddie’s science we can win the World Cup in France I believe the world has just changed for us today”.
An almost mystical faith that already seems to be spreading throughout the country. Eddie Jones, who has signed a long-term contract until 2027, will play his first match this year at the head of the Wallabies on July 8 against South Africa for the Rugby Championship. We will then know a little more about the merits of this excessive optimism around the one who ended his English adventure with six defeats and a draw in twelve games.
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01/11/2023 At 6:33 PM