Eddie Jones a ‘charlatan’ whose Wallabies return has been a ‘bloody disaster’

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Former Wallabies head coach John Connolly has laid into Eddie Jones following a dreadful start to his tenure back in charge of the national team.

Connolly’s comments came just before their 38-7 defeat to arch-rivals New Zealand, a loss which the 72-year-old will feel vindicates his view.

Jones was sacked as England boss in December 2022 following a series of poor results and performances over the previous couple of seasons.

Rugby Australia then saw their opportunity to bring the 63-year-old back home and he subsequently replaced Dave Rennie in January.

Struggles under Jones

The ex-Japan and Red Rose head coach is renowned for his ability to make an immediate impact, but the Wallabies have struggled.

They started off by suffering a heavy loss in South Africa before they succumbed late on to Argentina.

And then on Saturday almost 84,000 people in Melbourne watched on as New Zealand claimed a 31-point victory to win the Rugby Championship.

“A bloody disaster mate. How did we end up with Eddie again? He is full of it. He talks a great game but plays a terrible one,” Connolly told The Telegraph.

“He is a charlatan, he is a failed selector. He was the captain’s pick by the chairman who just came into the job.”

Jones’ first stint at the Wallabies started in 2001 and he took them to the 2003 Rugby World Cup final, a game they lost to England after extra time.

However, they failed to build on that and the governing body decided to move him on in 2005, bringing in Connolly as his replacement.

Beaten down

“When I took over from Eddie, the players were like beaten down sheepdogs,” Connolly said. “If you walked in a room they would have their heads down and were scared to do anything.

“There was no leadership. There was no development. It was a total void that took nearly a year to rebuild. I can’t believe we have made the same mistake again.”

The Wallabies will seek to avoid losing their fourth match in a row when they take on New Zealand in the second Bledisloe Cup match at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin.

They then complete their World Cup preparations by taking on hosts France on August 27. Should Australia lose that game then Jones’ men would have not won a match since the end of last year going into the global tournament.

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