David Campese doesn’t mince his words when talking about Eddie Jones’ Wallabies

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Wallabies legend David Campese admits that he has “no idea” how Eddie Jones’ side are trying to approach the game.

Jones was expected to turn around their fortunes after taking over from David Rennie, who was sacked after winning just 38 per cent of his games.

It has so far not had the desired effect, however, with Australia failing to win in their first two matches of the Rugby Championship.

Confusion in the game plan

They face a daunting clash against the All Blacks next and, asked on The Platform what Jones is attempting to implement, Campese responded: “I actually have got no idea.

“I actually don’t know because when he arrived in Australia early this year, he went back to his school, brought the Ellas along and went there, and thought it’s great to be back at school and said in the paper, ‘all these kids, everyone should learn to play like the Ellas. You know, run with the ball’.

“Then a month later he comes out and said: ‘running rugby’s dead in Australia, we’re going to kick the ball away to win the World Cup.’

“So, the reality is great when you first come, then he talks up a lot of game. Before going to South Africa he talked about ‘this is going to be better than the Ashes, mate’ and then what happened?”

Campese also believes there is a more simple explanation for the Wallabies’ struggles and that is the lack of quality in the squad.

“Look, I just think if you have a look over the last couple of games, even Dave Rennie probably found we haven’t got the skilled players that we should have at that level,” he said.


Jones has attempted to rectify that by bringing more overseas-based talent into the group but, according to the legendary wing, that hasn’t worked either.

“I think he’s still trying to find the combinations. My belief, whenever I played, the more you play with the guys around you, the more confidence you get, you anticipate, you try different things because your mates are there,” he added.

“When you’ve got guys like Quade (Cooper), (Samu) Kerevi, (Marika) Koroibete, all playing overseas, when they come back into play, they’ve got no combinations. It takes months and months to get a combination going, especially at nine and 10.

“I know he’s got to experiment, but anything could happen, because when you pick a team and you don’t know who you’re playing against, you’re a bit more wary and I think that’s what he’s trying to do.”

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