Eddie Jones gets into Springboks gear

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Is there something wrong with Eddie Jones getting into Springboks gear and helping out in coaching the side in its pre-World Cup training session?I reckon there is. Jones has been paid big money to coach Australia and Queensland. He has picked up a great deal of intellectual rugby property from the Australian system. He should not be passing this on to a side that could well be facing the Wallabies some time in the World Cup tournament.

There is a precedent for what Jones has been doing, of course, with Graham Henry and Steve Hansen, the current head coach and forwards coach of the All Blacks, coaching Wales before they got their NZ gigs. But Henry and Hansen were hardly bringing back any intellectual rugby property from Wales. They were delivering intellectual property to Welsh rugby from the NZ system.

It doesn’t seem right for Eddie Jones to be so supportive and helpful to the Springboks. There seems to be an element of payback in all of this. A former Wallaby coach should not be making it harder for the Australia to win the 2007 World Cup than it already will be.

Thanks to Temba for this photo of Eddie in the ‘Boks gear:

Eddie Jones gets into Springboks gear

Spiro Zavos, a founding writer on The Roar, was long time editorial writer on the Sydney Morning Herald, where he started a rugby column that has run for nearly 30 years. Spiro has written 12 books: fiction, biography, politics and histories of Australian, New Zealand, British and South African rugby. He is regarded as one of the foremost writers on rugby throughout the world.
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