Former Wallabies coach Alan Jones has lamented the current squad’s poor results under Michael Cheika in 2018.
The Wallabies have won just three of their 11 Tests in 2018, losing to Argentina and Wales and slumping to an equal-worst seventh in the World Rugby rankings.
In his column for The Australian, Jones, who coached Australia between 1984 and 1987 and led them to 23 victories in 30 Tests, compared the current squad to the infamous 1958 team that won just two out of 11 matches.
‘This is our worst season of Test rugby since 1958,’ Jones wrote. ‘We have suffered home soil losses to Ireland for the first time since 1979 and to Argentina for the first time since 1983.
‘The attack, under assistant coach Stephen Larkham, has produced the worst results per game since 1983. The game last weekend [against Wales] was almost unwatchable.’
Cheika has been backed to fulfil his contract until the end of the World Cup by Rugby Australia chief Raelene Castle. However, Jones continued his critique, claiming Castle ‘knows little about the game’.
Jones also proposed a new coaching staff, headed by current Scotland director of rugby Scott Johnson, with Cardiff head coach John Mulvihill and schoolboy coach Andrew Blades as his assistants.
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