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A Wallabies star has opened up about a series of 'bizarre' meetings with Eddie Jones at the World Cup in France - and confirmed the defiant message the coach sent the playing group after he recently quit just 10 months into a five-year deal.
Speaking on the condition of anonymity, the player said many of his teammates were left confused by Jones's mixed messages.
'There were a couple of very bizarre meetings in the last week of the World Cup, after the Portugal game. They felt like goodbye meetings,' the player told the Sydney Morning Herald.
'They were one-on-one meetings. Guys would come out and go 'was that a goodbye? Don't we have a plan for next year?'. Mate, it was bizarre.'
Jones replaced Dave Rennie as head coach in January, and immediately began his charm offensive with Wallabies fans ahead of the tournament.
Despite losing five successive Tests in the lead-up to the World Cup, Jones remained adamant he could turn things around when it mattered.
A Wallabies star has opened up about a series of 'bizarre' meetings with Eddie Jones at the World Cup in France
It was a tournament to forget, with the Wallabies not progressing beyond the group stage for the first time at a World Cup
Not picking experiences campaigners such as Michael Hooper, Quade Cooper and Bernard Foley was puzzling, and Jones got many current players offside when he later declared the decorated trio weren't 'appropriate role models.'
The bold decision to lean on youth backfired in spectacular fashion, with Australia losing to Wales and Fiji, ensuring the Wallabies didn't progress beyond the group stage for the first time at a World Cup.
Many players in the squad felt Hooper - who has played 125 Tests for his nation - was profoundly disrespected by Jones.
'It [lack of leadership