Australia coach Eddie Jones lashed out at journalists in a spiky post-match press conference following the Wallabies’ report defeat to Wales that noticed them crash out of the Rugby World Cup.
Australia have been thumped 40-6 in Lyon by a rampant Wales aspect to all however verify their exit at the group stage of the World Cup for the primary time in their historical past.
Jones apologised for the report defeat however was sad with questions surrounding a report in the Sydney Morning Herald earlier in the day, which claimed Jones was secretly interviewed by Japanese rugby officers simply days earlier than the World Cup about taking up because the nation’s head coach.
The 63-year-old has 4 years remaining on his present cope with the Wallabies however The Herald reported he’s contemplating returning to Japan – who he coached from 2012 to 2015.
When requested by a journalist whether or not he had interviewed with the JRFU for the function, Jones bluntly responded: “I don’t know what you’re talking about mate” and repeated the identical reply when later requested if he had a second interview scheduled.
He was then requested whether or not he may give Wallabies followers his 100 per cent dedication that he gained’t be teaching Japan subsequent yr and Jones merely replied “I’m committed to coach Australia.” When pressed on whether or not that included subsequent yr, he would solely repeat “I’m committed to coach Australia.”
Generally famend for his press conference outbursts, Jones was pretty restrained till reporters requested captain Dave Porecki – who was doing the press conference alongside his coach – whether or not the gamers had been affected by rumours of the flirtation with Japan.
After Porecki recommended the squad weren’t conscious of the report, Jones hit again at the road of questioning.
“I really take umbrage at the questioning that people are questioning my commitment to coaching Australia,” he fumed in a spiky change. “I actually take umbrage at it. I’ve been working continuous since I’ve come in and I’ve apologised for the consequence. I preserve saying that.
“So to be questioning my dedication to the job, I believe is a bit crimson scorching. So we’re not gonna cope with any of these questions any additional. I’m comfortable to speak about Wales, Portugal however when you preserve taking place that line, I’ll excuse myself. So do you need to resolve what you need to do?”
Jones additionally hinted that the entire of Australian rugby wanted an overhaul, quite than the issues starting and ending with the lads’s nationwide crew.
“I came back to Australia trying to help,” he stated. “At the second, I’m not getting a lot assist am I? But that doesn’t imply my dedication to them has modified.
“I’m a proud Australian, I hate to see Australian rugby do as poorly as we’re doing, notably underneath my reign. It’s not solely the Wallabies that we’ve bought to enhance however it’s the entire system of Australian rugby. That’s not an excuse, we’ve simply bought to enhance the way in which we’re going about our rugby.”