A Welsh fan was filmed on a grandstand roof urinating and climbing onto it in an angry rant against England coach Eddie Jones. Rugby Australia has banned him for life for his actions. In the aftermath, Eddie Jones has named his 37-man squad to face Scotland in the opening Test of the Six Nations. But what has sparked his fury? Is it really time for him to step aside?
Eddie Jones is a dictator and Welsh
The controversy surrounding England rugby continues with a claim that the head coach is a “dictator” at Twickenham. Former England full-back Mike Brown told the BBC that Jones had his players running scared because they were so afraid to challenge him. Sadly, some of his players have met with similar fates. Players like Danny Care and Alex Goode have both seen their careers end after daring to challenge the English coach.
The former Wales coach has a rich and varied background, coaching at four Rugby World Cups and two seasons with the Saracens. Having been offered a position as a Technical Advisor to Fiji for the 2007 Rugby World Cup, Jones went with South Africa. The fans, however, have admired his contribution to rugby. It is not clear what triggered the recent criticism of Eddie Jones, but public hysteria erupted after the decision was made.
Eddie Jones subjected to hostile abuse while walking to and from the coach’s box
The incident came to light when a fan urinated on the roof of the SCG’s OReilly Stand. Jones was unable to reach the bench because he had to walk through sections of the home crowd in order to reach it. The incident has sparked debate in the rugby world. Despite the incident, Jones insists he will no longer use public transport after being subjected to such abuse.
The rugby union legend has also spoken out about how he no longer feels safe using public transport after being verbally and physically abused on two separate journeys on Sunday. The first journey was to the Scottish capital, where he had been booed by Scotland fans after a defeat in the Calcutta Cup. The second was a train journey to Manchester, where he subsequently watched Manchester United beat Chelsea. He also suggested that the abuse he received had been inspired by two Scottish legends, Gavin Hastings and current Scotland prop Simon Berghan.
Eddie Jones blasts state of Test rugby
Australian and New Zealand coach Eddie Jones has blasted the state of Test rugby following the recent clash between the teams. The series-decider against Australia is now a mere two weeks away and the first Test between the sides produced five yellow cards and one red. During the second Test, a red card was awarded after a deliberate knock-on. The decision was not unanimous and there were a few debates on social media as to whether or not the tackle was an intentional one.
The Australian has blasted the state of Test rugby after he made controversial comments in a newspaper interview. After the grand slam triumph, he promised to push England to greater heights. However, the controversial comment sparked a backlash from the headmasters of public schools. Former Harrow headmaster Barnaby Lenon said that elite school players were isolated from the real world.
Eddie Jones names 37-man squad for England’s opening game against Scotland
The 37-man squad named by Eddie Jones includes a number of key players from the Wales and England sides. In addition to the five Wales players, the squad also contains five English players: Tom Curry, J Blamire, O Chessum, Jack Nowell, T Curry, R James, S Simmonds, and K Sinckled. England is yet to name replacements for Freddie Steward, Max Malins, Jack Nowell, Sam Underhill, J Curry, T Curry, and S Sam Simmonds.
After a disappointing Six Nations campaign, Eddie Jones has restructured his squad. While England has experienced players in their front five, Scotland has a mix of new and old combinations. Aside from that, they will have to contend with a hostile Murrayfield crowd. Therefore, a victory for Eddie Jones’s side is likely. However, the players will be aware of what is expected of them.