Cam­pese slams Eng­land for hir­ing a ‘school teacher’

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FORMER Aus­tralia wing David Cam­pese has blasted Eng­land as “des­per­ate” af­ter they hired his com­pa­triot Ed­die Jones as the new head coach of the na­tional team.

Cam­pese, pic­tured, a World Cup win­ner and leg­end of Aus­tralian rugby, also slammed Jones’ style of rugby, and likened his coach­ing to that of a school teacher.

Jones led Ja­pan to a shock win over South Africa dur­ing the Rugby World Cup this win­ter, but Cam­pese is less than im­pressed with the coach.

“Rugby is a pro­fes­sional sport,” Cam­pese told BBC 5 Live. ’We don’t need school teach­ers. And I think Ed­die is one as well.

“His teams will play in a very struc­tured way and they will do what he tells them to do. So it’s a ro­botic style.”

Cam­pese also at­tacked Eng­land’s re­fusal to ap­point another home­grown coach af­ter the sack­ing of Stu­art Lan­caster, in­stead choos­ing to look abroad.

“The whole idea about rugby is that you get peo­ple who play for your coun­try, who come through the sys­tem and you want them to come through to the na­tional job and pass on their ex­pe­ri­ence. It just looks like that you guys have no idea what you are do­ing.

“Where is your struc­ture? Where are your young coaches who want to be the best in the world? It looks you are des­per­ate, and you just go out and pay the money for some­body who you think will help you.”

Hours af­ter his ap­point­ment as Eng­land’s first for­eign coach, Aus­tralian Jones held court at Twick­en­ham where his view on the Rugby Foot­ball Union’s much-crit­i­cised ban on over­seas play­ers was one of the first ques­tions he


“I want play­ers who want to play for Eng­land and to do that you have to play in the Premier­ship. That’s the rule and it’s go­ing to stay that way so I’m happy with what I’ve got,” Jones told a news con­fer­ence, sup­press­ing some­thing of a wry smile.

When he was re­minded of his column dur­ing the Rugby World Cup prais­ing Toulon’s St­ef­fon Ar­mitage, a former Euro­pean Player of the Year, and say­ing fel­low open­side flank and Eng­land cap­tain Chris Rob­shaw was “not out­stand­ing in any area” Jones was happy to jus­tify his U-turn.

“I wasn’t head coach of Eng­land then, I was writ­ing a column. I was prob­a­bly be­ing a bit naughty,” he said.

“You al­ways have a bit of a view when you’re out­side the tent. I’ve had long chats with (RFU CEO) Ian (Ritchie) and I un­der­stand the sit­u­a­tion.

“I had two stints at Sara­cens. When you get to the other side of the fence you have a view – and then you think that view is right.” – Daily Mail, Reuters

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