WELCOME BACK EDDIE JONES – A STROKE OF GENIUS OR MADNESS

The recent sacking of Wallabies coach Dave Rennie replaced by Eddie Jones wasn’t totally surprising given the poor results of the team under the Kiwis tenure.

"I'M BACK !!" - Eddie Jones

Yes there were extenuating circumstances, in particular an extraordinarily high injury list, severe to key players such as backline lynchpin Samu Kerevi and the unavailability of former captain and flanker Michael Hooper for much of the season.

Several matches were lost narrowly notably against three of the world’s top sides the All Blacks, Ireland and France but ultimately it was probably the first ever loss to Italy which ultimately sealed Rennie’s fate and even that loss came after a last minute conversion attempt went wide.

"an extraordinarily high injury list, severe to key players "

Samu Kerevi - the loss of key players impacted on results.

However the Wallabies have a proud record at the World Cup, they’ve won it twice and featured in two other finals and their continued failure to win the Bledisloe Cup off the All Blacks is another source of great frustration for rugby fans here in Aussie. A 38 percent win record simply does not stack up either if you are a Wallabies supporter.

Dave Rennie

A 38 percent win record simply does not stack up

The lead-up to Australian Rugby chairman Hamish McLennan sacking Rennie was like something out of a spy novel and you get the feeling he was only waiting to see where Eddie Jones sat before moving quickly after Jones’s sacking by England to give him the Wallabies job.

One thing is certain, rugby will feature much more prominently on front pages here in Australia, Eddie will make sure of that and has already done so by declaring he’s aiming to get several former rugby players back from rugby league which has rattled a few cages in the league world.

Will these overseas players feature when Eddie Jones names his first squad.

Former Australian under 21 rep and and a former Australian schoolboys rugby coach Michael Broad wasn’t totally shocked by Jones’s appointment and he hopes his good friend and assistant coach Dan McKellar remains part of the coaching set-up.

Michael joined me on AbsolutelyFamous giving his views on the sensational change of coach.

Story by John Alexander | Supporting Images sourced by Absolutely Famous.

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