sport news IAN HERBERT: Eddie Jones falls victim to his hunger for chaos, with Australia ... trends now

sport news IAN HERBERT: Eddie Jones falls victim to his hunger for chaos, with Australia ... trends now
sport news IAN HERBERT: Eddie Jones falls victim to his hunger for chaos, with Australia ... trends now

sport news IAN HERBERT: Eddie Jones falls victim to his hunger for chaos, with Australia ... trends now

Eddie Jones has always liked to employ a chaos theory - going into a new job like an Exocet and looking for results by wreaking holy hell – but it was a different kind of bedlam he was creating ahead of this moment of truth for Australia.

The build-up to the match was to include a late afternoon speech from the Australian sports minister, Anika Wells, discussing the nation’s big plans as hosts of the next Rugby World Cup, at a fans’ gathering place called Wallabies House, near the banks of the Rhone.

But after revelations in Sunday's Sydney Morning Herald that Jones is already looking for an exit strategy – the newspaper and others claimed he has applied for the head coaching role with Japan and took part in a Zoom interview on August 25 – no-one was much interested in the minister. Instead, in full view of the fans who had gathered for beers in the sunshine, Australia Rugby’s chief executive Phil Waugh underwent the indignity of an inquisition at the hands of an Aussie press corps.

Waugh answered everything, sweating in jacket and tight-fitting shirt, but there were more questions than answers. He speaks to Jones ‘most days’, he said, but evidently not this one. He said he was taking the colourful denial Jones has through a Wallabies spokesman at ‘face value,’ yet admitted it would be ‘very disappointing’ if Jones was lying.

From the individual in question there had been no direct response before the game began. But a parallel pantomime played out as the sides collided, with boos issuing through the vast bowl every time Jones’ face materialised on the stadium screen.

Eddie Jones was thought to be looking for a new job - before Australia's 40-6 loss to Wales

Eddie Jones was thought to be looking for a new job - before Australia's 40-6 loss to Wales

Jones was booed every time his face appeared on the stadium screen amid Japan rumours

Jones was booed every time his face appeared on the stadium screen amid Japan rumours

Some of these seemed to come from Wales supporters, given that Warren Gatland’s face was heartily cheered,

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