Alan Jones names partial Barbarians squad


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    The fake war has started between coaches Michael Cheika and Alan Jones ahead of the Wallabies’ match against the Barbarians in Sydney.

    Jones named an incomplete squad at Friday’s squad announcement for the October 28 clash, bemoaning how Cheika snatched a few of his players at late notice.

    Jones’ 24-man squad included eight players from axed Super Rugby franchise Western Force, headed by captain Matt Hodgson.

    There are seven capped Wallabies in the mix to face Cheika’s charges, with the most notable being Barbarians captain Quade Cooper.

    Jones coached the national side during a golden era that featured the 1984 grand slam. More recently, he has been among the most-ardent critics of the Australian Rugby Union during the Force bungle.

    The talkback presenter engaged in a different kind of slanging match on Friday, putting his tongue in cheek while attempting to halt the sport’s slide into obscurity in Australia.

    “This fake war between Cheika and Jones, if it creates some interest, it’s a good thing,” he told reporters.

    “We’ve had great difficulties. Every day we pick a side, we then have to cross many of them out (because Cheika wants them in the Wallabies’ set-up).

    “There’s several players playing for him who want to play for us. That’s likely to affect their performance, don’t you think?”

    Cheika quipped in response that “possession is nine tenths of the law”.

    “They’re playing on our contracts – we’ll keep as many as we can,” he said.

    Jones confirmed the one-off appearance would be the extent of his coaching comeback, regardless of the result.

    “I’m a candidate if Cheika keeps failing like this,” he joked.

    Jones later reiterated his support for Cheika, declaring he was the man to help the Wallabies return to the top of world rugby.

    “This Australian team is infinitely better than they’re given credit for,” he said.

    “Everyone who knows rugby knows that I’ve supported Michael Cheika long before he became Wallabies coach.

    “In difficult circumstances he has done a very good job.

    “I’m disturbed with the extent people have written off the game. We’ve had problems administratively and it’s not fair they get shovelled onto the players.”

    Anaru Rangi, Andrew Ready, Augustine Pulu, Chance Peni, Eto Nabuli, George Moala, Isi Naisarani, Jacques Potgieter, Kane Koteka, Luke Jones, Matt Hodgson, Matt Phillip, Michael Ruru, Pek Cowan, Quade Cooper, Richard Arnold, Sam Carter, Sam Greene, Sam Ward, Taniela Tupou, Taqele Naiyaravaro, Theo Strang, Tim Nanai-Williams, Tom Banks.

    © AAP 2018
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    • October 13th 2017 @ 1:52pm
      Cassandra said | October 13th 2017 @ 1:52pm | ! Report

      I wish the ARU would stop appeasing this self centred narcissist. Surely, there’ll be an opening for him as the president of the USA in the not too distant future and we can stop pretending that he has anything to offer Australian rugby.

      • October 13th 2017 @ 2:08pm
        AJ said | October 13th 2017 @ 2:08pm | ! Report

        You Cassandra is exactly what is wrong with Australian Roar Rugby supporters.
        Just plain negative. No wonder Rugby is dying.
        Every time someone tries to do something positive we have the likes of you writing rubbish like this.
        At least hes having a go. What was the last thing you did for Rugby.

        • October 13th 2017 @ 2:52pm
          Taniwha said | October 13th 2017 @ 2:52pm | ! Report

          Agree AJ, when was the last time Cassandra’s ABC did anything for Oz rugby. Any publicity is good publicity and it can’t do any harm having the most popular talkback presenter in the country on your side.

          • October 13th 2017 @ 9:23pm
            Rebellion said | October 13th 2017 @ 9:23pm | ! Report

            Just another feminist ‘Yes-Voter’ who would have absolutely no idea that Jones was coach of one of the most successful Wallabies sides in the history of the code.
            Do yourself a favour and ‘open your own door’ this weekend love

            • October 13th 2017 @ 10:55pm
              Train Without A Station said | October 13th 2017 @ 10:55pm | ! Report

              The Wallabies won 26 of those 42 tests under Jones in his 5 years.

              But 2 were vs USA.
              2 were vs Canada.
              1 vs Korea.
              1 vs Japan.
              2 vs Italy.
              3 vs Fiji.
              And 3 vs Argentina (with 2 losses and a draw – France, Aus and Italy were the only 6N or 3N teams Argentina beat in the 80s).

              14 of 26 wins weren’t against major nations.

              Against top nations (NZ, England, Scotland, Wales, France and Ireland) in 25 tests the Wallabies only won 12 during his tenure.

            • October 13th 2017 @ 11:00pm
              Train Without A Station said | October 13th 2017 @ 11:00pm | ! Report

              I challenge you to find a modern Australian coach that plays only 60% of their tests against England, Ireland, NZ, SA, Wales, Scotland or France.

              In McKenzie’s first calendar year for example, of the 15 tests, only 3 were not against those teams.

              In 2016 for Cheika only 2 of 15 were not against them.

              • October 14th 2017 @ 7:16pm
                Rebellion said | October 14th 2017 @ 7:16pm | ! Report

                “Jones coached the Australian team for 4 years with 86 victories from 102 matches including 23 victories in 30 Tests” according to Wikipedia

                Regardless I was referring to the success of the ‘sides’ he coached including the 1984 Grandslam and 1986 Bledisloe (best of 3 with 2 of those matches in NZ). It takes more than great players in their pomp to make a wildly successful sides – Robbie Deans taught us that.

            • October 14th 2017 @ 12:03am
              Cynical Play said | October 14th 2017 @ 12:03am | ! Report

              You have no idea of the hate Jones has for women and non-Aussies. GO crazy for him loser.

              • October 14th 2017 @ 1:09am
                AJ said | October 14th 2017 @ 1:09am | ! Report

                Casandra the hater. How do you know all this. You surely don’t listen to him.

            • October 14th 2017 @ 10:31am
              Crash Ball2 said | October 14th 2017 @ 10:31am | ! Report

              Do “Yes Voters” also need to be feminists? The burden of so many causes must be absolutely back breaking!

              And it does beg the question, just how do women enter or exit buildings if their are no strong bloke’s around to open those pesky doors?

              What’s that? Phone call – ah huh, its 1953 – apparently they want YOU back.

            • October 14th 2017 @ 12:41pm
              Redsfan1 said | October 14th 2017 @ 12:41pm | ! Report

              Ha ha, exactly my thoughts Rebellion.

            • October 15th 2017 @ 9:04am
              The Slow Eater said | October 15th 2017 @ 9:04am | ! Report

              No need for that on a rugby site. Cassandra, like all of us, is entitled to her opinion. Leave your misogyny out of it.

              • October 15th 2017 @ 10:36am
                Rebellion said | October 15th 2017 @ 10:36am | ! Report

                Stop polishing your halo Slow Eater and just read her comment.

              • October 15th 2017 @ 10:43am
                The Slow Eater said | October 15th 2017 @ 10:43am | ! Report

                Listen I don’t agree with her comment. Something that gets a bit of positive interest in rugby is a good thing but I don’t think you need to be degrading either.

                Your halo comment was good though.

              • Roar Guru

                October 16th 2017 @ 11:57am
                PeterK said | October 16th 2017 @ 11:57am | ! Report

                I wish people would not confuse sexist comments with misogyny.

                Misogyny is genuine hate of women and this would be a very small minority of people who are actually being sexist.

        • October 14th 2017 @ 9:14pm
          Bob said | October 14th 2017 @ 9:14pm | ! Report

          It’s more the fact he’s a gigantic c*ck

        • October 15th 2017 @ 9:19pm
          waxhead said | October 15th 2017 @ 9:19pm | ! Report

          AJ – people like you with no ethics, and no moral values, are exactly what’s wrong with Australian Rugby and Australian society in general imo 🙂

          You don’t care about anything except yourself.

      • Roar Pro

        October 13th 2017 @ 3:37pm
        PapanuiPirate said | October 13th 2017 @ 3:37pm | ! Report

        Broadly not a Jones fan myself but I think we have to divorce his general public persona with his ability to contribute to rugby. Jones was a very successful coach at Manly and at the Wallabies. He is an entirely reasonable choice as a Barbarians coach.

        Further his commentary on Australian rugby comes from a place of genuine knowledge given his past history in the game and is hardly any more vitriolic than much of what you hear from the rugby public.

      • October 13th 2017 @ 4:18pm
        Cynical Play said | October 13th 2017 @ 4:18pm | ! Report

        Spot on Cassandra. What a bone headed publicity stunt to risk injury to the key WBs, instead of rest in a busy schedule, and to give the podium to Jones who incites racism and violence against women. Pathetic.

    • October 13th 2017 @ 1:54pm
      Harry said | October 13th 2017 @ 1:54pm | ! Report

      Pretty useful looking side!
      Starting 15?
      Banks, Nabuli, Nanai-Williams, Moala, Peni, Quade, Ruru
      Naisarani, Potteiger, Hodgson, Phillips, Arnold, Cowan, Ready, Tupou

    • Roar Rookie

      October 13th 2017 @ 2:06pm
      piru said | October 13th 2017 @ 2:06pm | ! Report

      Good looking team – lot of these guys are currently playing together as well.

      I suspect Cheika will not take this game seriously and the Wallabies will be caught out – we’ll all say it wasn’t a real team and all will be well.

    • October 13th 2017 @ 2:12pm
      Bob Wire said | October 13th 2017 @ 2:12pm | ! Report

      Jacques Potgieter! It will be good to see him in action again, where has he been playing?h Ah, Wiki tells me for the Bulls and in Japan.

      • October 15th 2017 @ 4:34pm
        Cuw said | October 15th 2017 @ 4:34pm | ! Report

        maybe he is injured or not in form.

        not seen him with the |Blue Bulls in a couple of matches.

    • Roar Pro

      October 13th 2017 @ 2:24pm
      PapanuiPirate said | October 13th 2017 @ 2:24pm | ! Report

      I know it’s difficult considering the distance, but this team has too many Australians in it for my liking. I like my Barbarians teams to have a healthy international feel to it. This looks a little too close to just being an Australia A side.

      • Roar Rookie

        October 13th 2017 @ 6:01pm
        piru said | October 13th 2017 @ 6:01pm | ! Report

        Apparently the reason he’s only named part of the squad is because certain international players aren’t available yet

        • October 13th 2017 @ 9:28pm
          Rebellion said | October 13th 2017 @ 9:28pm | ! Report

          Now that the Force are cactus, most of these blokes would have a tough time winning an internship at Blockbuster Video let alone making another professional rugby side
          I don’t mind the Baa Baas setup with the Aussie cast-offs and see-ya-laters.
          If Hannigan is starting i’m backing The Baa Baas for an upset

          • Roar Rookie

            October 16th 2017 @ 12:10pm
            piru said | October 16th 2017 @ 12:10pm | ! Report

            Right, that would be why there’s a feeding frenzy for ex-Force players from the Easterners


      • October 14th 2017 @ 11:50am
        markie362 said | October 14th 2017 @ 11:50am | ! Report

        Arent the baabaas meant to have one amateur player or is that yhe force boys now they have been pumped by the earu

        • October 14th 2017 @ 12:37pm
          double agent said | October 14th 2017 @ 12:37pm | ! Report

          Sam Ward is a Shute Shield player. That’s basically amateur.

          • October 15th 2017 @ 4:35pm
            Cuw said | October 15th 2017 @ 4:35pm | ! Report

            is it true he was voted into the team by fans??

        • October 15th 2017 @ 10:50am
          Bakkies said | October 15th 2017 @ 10:50am | ! Report

          One uncapped player.

      • October 14th 2017 @ 3:37pm
        Beezlebub said | October 14th 2017 @ 3:37pm | ! Report

        100% correct, some SA, poms and Kiwis would be nice

        • October 15th 2017 @ 10:49am
          Bakkies said | October 15th 2017 @ 10:49am | ! Report

          George Moala not a Kiwi?

    • Roar Rookie

      October 13th 2017 @ 2:50pm
      Paul D said | October 13th 2017 @ 2:50pm | ! Report

      “dealing with the fact Cheika snatched a few of his players at late notice”

      While I’m sure it’s probably just trying to stir the pot, in the interest of generating faux conflict. There is an interesting undercurrent to it in that if he means that Cheik’s called dibs on players, possibly from outside of the current squad, who will be turning out for the Wallabies?

      Based on the most glaring gaps, I think in all probability Meakes and Ainsley may be in the Wallabies team for the match.

      • Roar Pro

        October 13th 2017 @ 3:40pm
        PapanuiPirate said | October 13th 2017 @ 3:40pm | ! Report

        I don’t think it would especially surprising if Chieka’s squad for this match included a lot of fringe players. One would imagine his whole Northern Tour squad would be in camp and it would be odd for a player to go from Wallabies camp to the Baa-Baas.

        • October 13th 2017 @ 4:11pm
          scottd said | October 13th 2017 @ 4:11pm | ! Report

          I am a bit torn on that but reckon that as long as the fringe players are on the field being looked at and therefore considered for selection it can only be a positive. The flip side of course is that they don’t always get to show what they’ve got against the incumbent Wallaby.

      • Roar Guru

        October 13th 2017 @ 4:11pm
        Train Without A Station said | October 13th 2017 @ 4:11pm | ! Report

        I reckon that’s all BS and hyping the contest up.

        I’m a Quade fan and don’t mind the squad but hard to cheer for anything involving Alan Jones…

        • October 14th 2017 @ 11:40pm
          Johnny J-Dog said | October 14th 2017 @ 11:40pm | ! Report


          • October 15th 2017 @ 2:16pm
            Train Without A Station said | October 15th 2017 @ 2:16pm | ! Report

            Because he is a horrible person that on multiple times has been found guilty of defamation and contempt of court, as well as breaching radio guidelines, promoting the Cronulla riots and cash for comments.

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