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John Connolly blasts ‘charlatan’ Eddie Jones and claims Australia stars ‘were like beaten down sheepdogs’ when he replaced him in 2006
Eddie Jones has been labelled a ‘charlatan’ in an extraordinary rant by his former successor.
John Connolly succeeded Jones when the outspoken rugby coach left his post as Wallabies coach in 2006, having guided the Aussies over a four-year spell.
Jones went on to coach the Japanese and English national teams before making a return to the Wallabies earlier this year, but after losing to South Africa and Argentina in his first two games in charge, Connolly fears the appointment is a backwards step.
‘How did we end up with Eddie again? He is full of it. He talks a great game but plays a terrible one,’ Connolly, who labelled the comeback a ‘bloody disaster’, 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.
Eddie Jones has been labelled a ‘charlatan’ by his former successor at the Wallabies
It has been claimed that Jones left his old Wallabies players ‘like beaten down sheepdogs’
‘When I took over from Eddie, the players were like beaten down sheepdogs. 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.’
New Zealand are expected to give the Wallabies a pasting in the Bledisloe Cup on Saturday night, but a bullish Jones believes his players can spring an upset on the All Blacks.
‘Can we put the Kiwis under pressure on Saturday? Yes, under a lot of pressure, and maybe they’re going to get a bit of a surprise,’ Jones said.
‘(I) can see the way you’re sitting here thinking, ‘What is this bloke talking about?’ How can that Australian team take on New Zealand?’
John Connolly replaced Jones in 2006 and says his return is a backwards step for the Wallabies