Eddie Jones

Wallabies coach Eddie Jones. Photo: Twitter screenshot

Eddie Jones laughs off media rant: I never have any regrets!

Wallabies coach Eddie Jones has suggested it was just a ‘bit of fun’ after recently telling journalists they worthy of an ‘uppercut’.

Eddie Jones

Wallabies coach Eddie Jones. Photo: Twitter screenshot

Earlier this month, as the Wallabies prepared to fly out for the World Cup in France, coach Eddie Jones took a wild swipe at the gathered media, accusing them of unnecessary negativity as he provided a host of sarcastic answers before suggesting it had been the ‘worst press conference of his life’.

Even as the dust has settled, Jones spoke to media ahead of the team’s World Cup opener, and refused to take a backward step as he termed his tirade as a “bit of fun”.

“We’ve got to look after our team, we’ve got a young group of players and we want them to feel like there’s people behind them,” he said.

“I never have any regrets. I try to just be as honest as I can, be honest with my feelings and emotions and that’s how I felt at that time.”

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With the Wallabies coming under pressure after a handful of losses prior to the World Cup, the veteran coach had the following to say when he told the media off.

“I know what’s wrong with Australian rugby and you blokes are part of the problem because you’re so bloody negative about everything,” Jones said. “We’re going off to a World Cup you think we can’t win, you think the selection process is bad because the players complain…

“We’re terrible. You know we’re terrible. Just tell us we’re terrible and we’ll prove you wrong.”

He added that “I’ve got to wash myself off (due to the negativity), it’s sticking to me”.

“Thanks for the worst press conference I’ve had in world rugby,” he concluded. “That is the worst I’ve ever seen. “You ought to give yourselves uppercuts, boys, fair dinkum.”

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Watch the latest antics from Eddie Jones below

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Earlier this year, Jones was also involved in an altercation with a well-known South African journalist, who simply asked Jones if the sentiment of wanting to face a full-strength Springbok side had perhaps turned to relief after losing by 31 points during the opening Rugby Championship game.

Jones ultimately responded by telling the journalist not to be a “smart arse”, while he repeated those words when he left the press conference room and suggested the question had been disrespectful.

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You can watch that clip of him losing his cool below: