Wallabies legend Tim Horan has raised eyebrows after calling for Eddie Jones to immediately draft NRL star Joseph Suaalii into the World Cup squad as a replacement for the injured Max Jorgensen.
It comes after Horan, 53, stated in May the Roosters winger should stay in league and hone his craft under coach Trent Robinson.
Suaalii will join the ARU from 2025 on a three-year deal worth $1.6million a season.
He was a schoolboy rugby sensation at The King’s School in Sydney before defecting to the NRL.
‘Here’s a thought: I wonder if Eddie would approach the Roosters to release Suaalii early to join the Wallabies as [Max] Jorgensen’s replacement in France?,’ Horan posted on X, formerly known as Twitter on Friday.
Wallabies legend Tim Horan (pictured, with daughter Lucy) has raised eyebrows after calling for Eddie Jones to immediately draft NRL star Joseph Suaalii into the World Cup squad
Suaalii will join the ARU from 2025 on a three-year deal worth $1.6million a season
Young gun Max Jorgensen fractured his fibula at training this week and is expected to be sidelined for some time
The radical suggestion – ahead of Australia’s must win World Cup clash against Wales on Monday at 5am AEST – was widely panned by Horan’s social media followers.
‘Can’t play catch up at this late stage Tim,’ one fan said.
Another felt the bold call ‘smacked of desperation’, with a third speaking for many when they labelled the Wallabies World Cup a ‘farcical campaign.’
Wallabies fans are still reeling from Monday’s 22-15 defeat against Fiji in Saint-Etienne.
Famed for being rugby’s greatest ad-libbers, Fiji put the razzle-dazzle away and won in a very un-Fijian traditional way: Breakdown domination, brick-wall defence and relentless commitment for 80 minutes.
‘It was a thoroughly deserved victory for Fiji,’ Jones said.
‘They outplayed us, particularly around the ruck. They had three times more turnovers than us and in a close game, that’s the difference. For some reason, we were just off.
‘If you look at the stats we dominated and scored two tries to one, but we weren’t quite ourselves so there’s going to be some soul searching. It makes the Wales game pretty important.’
It was also Fiji’s first win over Australia since 1954.
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