With Ewen McKenzie changing tactitcal plans in anticipation of the match against Argentina, ex-Wallabies coach Eddie Jones thinks that such was not a good idea and that McKenzie's men "couldn't play any dumber."
''I am sure they can play better. At the moment, we are just playing dumb rugby.” - Eddie Jones
''The team you need to play against the Springboks is not going to be too different to the one you need against the Pumas. So rather than chop and change again, I would be inclined to keep with the same guys and get them playing better,'' Jones told the Sydney Morning Herald.
''I am sure they can play better. At the moment, we are just playing dumb rugby."
''I disagree with Ewen's comments that you can dumb the game down ... I can't see how we can play any dumber. We play down the sideline against South Africa with short passes, get rucks inside the 15 [metres] - that's where South Africa want rucks, so then they can rush. Then we throw these long, loopy passes into centre-field and wonder why we get turned over. It's a combination of the players making better decisions and probably being more specific with the game plan, and not less specific.''
Jones concurred with Wallabies great Michael Lynagh statements that the Aussies did not show signs of urgency and was still laughing and smiling in defeat.
''There is probably a fair bit of truth in that,'' Jones added.
''It needs to be a privilege to play for Australia, not a right. It's become a bit of a 'right' over the last period of time where players have taken things for granted."
''There are a number of younger players in Australia who haven't improved as they should have. Compare them to younger players in other countries ... Has James O'Connor improved as much as Israel Dagg has over the last three seasons? You would have to say no.''
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