Eddie Jones drops cryptic clue on how Wallabies will beat the All Blacks
Australia head coach Eddie Jones has given some hints as to what his Wallabies will be seeking to do against the All Blacks in the coming weeks in the hopes of winning their first Bledisloe Cup since 2002.
Joining the team on The Breakdown this week in New Zealand, Jones was asked by Mils Muliaina whether he has seen any weaknesses in New Zealand rugby following the Super Rugby Pacific season where the Crusaders won yet another title on Saturday.
Jones said that the Crusaders are the only side exploiting their forward power in the competition, and hinted that that is a strategy that his Wallabies might well adopt. Such a strategy will be significantly boosted by the inclusion of Will Skelton as one of five overseas players in the 34-man squad for the Rugby Championship. The La Rochelle lock has been pivotal in helping his side win back to back Heineken Champions Cups, and he could well have a similar impact for Jones’ side when they get their Rugby Championship underway against South Africa at Loftus Versfeld in two week’s time.
“What I’ve seen, I really enjoyed how the Chiefs played,” Jones said. “It reminded me so much of the 2000 final with the Brumbies versus the Crusaders- you do all the running in the game, you play some good rugby but you don’t get the result because the Crusaders always go back to that set piece power. And that’s probably the big difference between northern hemisphere and southern hemisphere rugby- most of the teams in the northern hemisphere go to that set piece power as their get out. In southern hemisphere, the Crusaders only really have that consistently. The Brumbies have it to an extent, and that’s the difference. So that might paint a little picture mate.”
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