Australian coaching greats Phil Gould and Eddie Jones compare their impressive sporting journeys in the NRL and world rugby in revealing interview for Stan Sport
- Phil Gould and Eddie Jones compared sporting journeys
- Both men transitioned from playing to become coaches
- Gould has won two NRL premierships, also coached NSW
- Jones guided Australia to the 2003 Rugby World Cup final
- Recently tasked with coaching Wallabies at 2023 World Cup
Two of the best minds in Australian sport sat down recently to reflect on their impressive personal journeys in the NRL and world rugby respectively.
Phil Gould coached the Bulldogs (1988) and Panthers (1991) to NRL premiership glory and remains one of the most respected figures in the code as a high level administrator with Canterbury – while Eddie Jones was a whisker away from winning the 2003 World Cup on home soil.
It took a drop goal in extra time from England’s Jonny Wilkinson to deny the former NSW hooker the chance to lift the Webb Ellis trophy as a head coach.
Jones, 63, went onto enjoy a distinguished career with clipboard in hand – helping South Africa, Japan and England at international level.
He was recently tasked with a daunting assignment which he has embraced with typical gusto – guiding the Wallabies to glory at the World Cup this September in France.
Wallabies coach Eddie Jones recently sat down with NRL identity Phil Gould to compare their respective careers
Gould, 65, is also widely regarded as the best coach of the NSW Blues in the State of Origin arena dating back to 1980.
The pair swapped stories in a recent interview for Stan Sport – and the mutual respect was obvious.
In an engaging chat on camera, the pair swapped stories about their transition from the playing ranks to coaching as well as high level administration.
Jones shocked Gould after revealing the Australian Rugby Union ‘had’ Immortal Andrew Johns defecting from the NRL in 2005 – only for the deal to fall over at the eleventh hour.
Concerns were raised at the time from other ARU officials over Johns’ neck injury and rumoured drug use.
‘We had Andrew…he was going to come over,’ Jones told Gould. ‘He would have made a hell of a difference.
Gould was shocked to hear Eddie Jones declare rugby league Immortal Andrew Johns was a ‘done deal’ in terms of defecting to the ARU in 2005 – the move never materialised
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‘(Billy Slater) would have been handy, and [current Rabbitohs star] Cameron Murray would be a great centre.’
Jones was the driving force when it came to poaching Mat Rogers, Lote Tuqiri and Wendell Sailor from the NRL in his first stint in charge of the Wallabies between 2001 and 2005.
He also hasn’t hid his admiration for the likes of Joseph Sua’ali’i and Sydney Roosters teammate Angus Crichton.
Both were schoolboy rugby stars in Sydney in the GPS schoolboys competition before inking NRL deals as teenagers.