Thanks Eddie Jones, for the worst World Cup we’ve ever had.
A match that started with Jones slamming the negativity surrounding the Wallabies has formally ended with the nation’s worst ever Rugby World Cup consequence.
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The Australians may dare to dream as Portugal opened up a lead over Fiji within the last match of Pool C on Monday morning (AEDT).
The Portuguese would certainly win the match 24-23, joyously celebrating its first ever victory at a Rugby World Cup.
But the injury for Australia had already been inflicted properly earlier than this morning’s match and could possibly be felt for years to return.
If Portugal had crushed Fiji by greater than seven factors, the Wallabies would have snuck into the quarter-finals.
It would have been unjust, nevertheless, after this experimental Australian aspect mixed a thrashing by the hands of the Welsh and a primary loss to Fiji in 69 years with ho-hum victories over minnows Georgia and Portugal.
Sure, Jones was given a four-year mandate and blooded plenty of contemporary Wallabies with a watch on the 2027 World Cup on residence soil.
But that doesn’t imply an Australian aspect can afford to successfully take a World Cup off, as this workforce appeared to do.
The Rugby World Cup is absolutely the pinnacle of the game and solely comes round each 4 years.
Since the primary version in 1987, Australian Rugby constructed a once-mighty repute by way of World Cup triumphs in 1991 and 1999 when the boys in gold would puff their chests out and stare down the most effective the All Blacks, English, South African et al may muster.
That all lies in tatters now for a workforce that didn’t get out of the group stage for the primary time ever and can crawl again to Australia to lick its sizeable wounds.
It was maybe becoming that this present squad performed its final match a full week in the past and was compelled to take a seat round at a camp in France to await its destiny on Monday morning.
We can solely hope the workforce’s supervisor had the foresight to have flights booked residence, moderately than scramble for seats on Skyscanner for a big troupe of depressing males.
“Thanks for the worst press conference I’ve ever had in world rugby,” Jones savaged a bunch of Australian journalists at Sydney Airport because the workforce flew out for France on August 17.
“Well done boys, that is the worst I’ve ever seen.
“Forget it, boys. You ought to give yourselves uppercuts, boys.”
Earlier, the 63-year-old Jones had had a gutful of the road of questioning concerning the workforce’s prospects and fired again with “I can’t believe the level of negativity here boys.
“You’re so bloody negative about everything.
“We’ll go out there and do our best, so if you haven’t got anything positive to say, don’t ask please.
“I know you blokes think we can’t do any good, so don’t ask any questions boys. Just be the pessimists you are, keep Australian rugby where it’s been.”
The actuality is it isn’t the place it’s been or anyplace close to the place it as soon as was.
It is formally at its lowest ever ebb.