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Eddie Jones apologised to Australian rugby but refused to quit as Wallabies head coach after he was put under further pressure by his team’s 40-6 hammering at the hands of Wales last night.
Former England head coach Jones now needs a miracle to avoid his team becoming the first Australian side ever to exit the World Cup at the pool stage.
Wales replacement fly-half Gareth Anscombe kicked 23 points in what was a national record win over Australia. Warren Gatland’s side became the first team to qualify for the quarter-finals in the process.
‘I would like to apologise to the Australian supporters,’ Jones said. ‘Our performances haven’t been up to the standard required. I take full responsibility for that and apologise.’ Jones was sacked by England last December and returned for a second stint in charge of Australia.
‘I came back to Australian rugby to try and help,’ he said. ‘At the moment I’m not giving much help, am I? I’m a proud Australian and we’ve got to improve the whole of Australian rugby.’
Eddie Jones (pictured) has aologised to Australian rugby fans for the Wallabies 'sub-standard performances'
Australia were beaten 40-6 by Wales on Sunday afternoon at the Rugby World Cup in what was their second defeat at the tournament
The Wallabies are now in serious danger of becoming the first Australia side to be knocked out of the World Cup at the group stages - and will need results to go their way to qualify
Reports in the Sydney Morning Herald on Sunday said Jones had an interview for the role of Japan head coach on the eve of this World Cup in France.
‘I don’t know what you’re talking about,’ Jones said, denying the reports. ‘I’m committed to coaching Australia. I take umbrage at the questioning about my commitment to Australian rugby. To doubt my commitment to the job is red hot.’
Jones admitted that the state of Australian rugby looked like a ‘shambles’ from the outside but said he was confident he can change things for the better.
‘Sometimes games like this are the making of a good team