Wallabies star admits ‘anger’ at Eddie Jones for abandoning the Australian team after Rugby World Cup as new behind the scenes footage reveals turbulent 2023

  • Allan Alaalatoa has lifted the lid on Eddie Jones’s tenure 
  • The Wallabies had a disastrous World Cup campaign 
  • He says some players feel ‘anger’ towards the coach 

Australia star Allan Alaalatoa admits Wallabies stars are feeling ‘anger’ towards Eddie Jones for abandoning the team after their doomed Rugby World Cup campaign.

Alaalatoa, earmarked as captaincy material by Jones during his short stint in charge, was unavailable for the tournament in France in which the Wallabies were knocked out at the pool stage.

The 30-year-old remained close to the team throughout the campaign and has lifted the lid on the squad feeling towards Jones – who went on to quit the Wallabies and sign for Japan.

‘There are some guys who are frustrated with how it all played out and how he went about things,’ Alaalatoa told reporters at a promotional event for Stan’s behind the scenes documentary ‘The Wallabies – Inside Rugby World Cup 2023’.

‘There is probably a bit of anger there as well. There are also boys who are grateful. He took a punt on a lot of young lads, who at the beginning of the year thought they were no chance of playing in the Wallabies. There is definitely a mixed range of emotions…

Allan Alaalatoa (left) says players feel ‘anger’ towards former coach Eddie Jones

Jones abandoned the Wallabies following their disastrous World Cup campaign

Jones abandoned the Wallabies following their disastrous World Cup campaign

‘The assumption was that it (links with Japan) was all just rumours and that nothing was happening and he was definitely going to stick this out with us, you know.’

Allalatoa was among a group of six players to captain the side during Jones’s reign, in which he attempted to radically overhaul the age of the squad and promote younger stars.

He believes that Jones tried to change ‘too much’ in a short space of time. 

‘When you think about it all, when you reflect and review from the year… I think there probably was too much change and, as players, we probably couldn’t keep up,’ he said. 

‘Probably we weren’t on the same page with the way we wanted to play, and it took us too many games to try and get an understanding of that. Just looking from the review point of view and from the outside, there was probably too much change in a short period of time… watching from home probably hurt me the most.’ 

Wallabies fans will get an insight into Jones’s disastrous tenure when Stan Sports’ new three-part documentary series premieres on Thursday. 

‘It’s good that they (Stan) weren’t just with us in the World Cup, but they were with us throughout the whole buildup,’ Alaalatoa said. 

‘It’s going to be exciting, to give the fans that perspective.

‘I think a lot of people will want to watch the year and obviously see why it ended up the way that it did… I just wanted to give my authentic self. I thought that was good to show fans the other side of it – not just rugby players, but we have a life outside of footy and to experience what we have off the field is also special as well.

‘I think that was great and I know it was documented in a great way from Stan.’

Stan’s The Wallabies – Inside Rugby World Cup 2023 is available to watch in Australia from February 22. 

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