Eddie Jones: ‘If you don’t know anything about rugby, don’t talk to me’

Eddie Jones during the press conference ahead of the second Test match against the All Blacks with cut out of Wallabies flyhalf Carter Gordon. Credit: Alamy

Eddie Jones during the press conference ahead of the second Test match against the All Blacks with cut out of Wallabies flyhalf Carter Gordon. Credit: Alamy

Eddie Jones fiercely defended fly-half Carter Gordon ahead of the Wallabies’ second Bledisloe Cup Test match against the All Blacks on Saturday.

The All Blacks went 1-0 up in the series and successfully defended the Bledisloe Cup in Melbourne last week, with this clash now effectively serving as a Rugby World Cup warm-up.

Jones has stuck with an inexperienced outfit naming a starting side with just 277 Test caps, the seventh lowest in the professional era captained by Tate McDermott, who will become the 86th Wallabies captain.

Joining him in the half-backs is fly-half Gordon, who Jones defended when questioned about his performance against the All Blacks last week.

Eddie Jones defends Carter Gordon selection

Jones took exception to the insinuation that he got the selection of Gordon wrong last week.

“Well, firstly, I don’t think I got it wrong, mate; in fact, I’m going to get it right,” he said.

“And the player will get it right. To say that a young 10, in his first game [as a starter], and you’ve got it wrong in selecting him is just a load of rubbish, mate.

“So anyone who asks that question doesn’t know anything about rugby.”

Jones added: “If you know anything about rugby, you know that 10s need time in the seat. If you don’t know anything about rugby, then don’t talk to me.”

Jones continued to defend his young fly-half and went on the offensive once again when asked about his handling of Gordon in the build-up to his second Test start.

“He’s going make more mistakes”

Jones was asked if he spent time with Gordon talking him through his first start and what he wants from his second.

“Well, that’s not how coaching goes, mate,” the Wallabies boss said.

“But he’s a young guy coming through; he’s getting enough instruction from his assistant coaches, and my job is just to give him the confidence to keep going forward.

“He’s going make more mistakes, I can guarantee that, and he’ll learn from it.

“And when he’s played as many Tests as Richie Mo’unga or Damian McKenzie, he will cease to make as many mistakes as he makes now.

“Now, we’d love him to have a mistake-free game on Saturday, but the reality is a young guy learning his apprenticeship needs to just make the mistakes, learn from it and not listen too much to blokes like you, alright?

He added: “That’s my job to make sure he doesn’t listen to blokes like you who want to put rubbish in his head.”

The Wallabies face a largely changed All Blacks side this weekend, with Sam Cane returning to captain the team.

Gordon will go head-to-head with McKenzie at fly-half. Meanwhile, Ian Foster has handed three debuts out as winger Shaun Stevenson and blindside flanker Samipeni Finau are named in the starting XV, with Dallas McLeod amongst the replacements.

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