ARLC chairman Peter V’landys has taken a dig at newly-appointed Wallabies coach Eddie Jones’ who made his intentions to recruit a number of NRL stars clear on Wednesday.
Jones signed a $4.5 million take care of Rugby Australia and has been tasked with sparking a Wallabies revival after Dave Rennie was sacked on Monday morning.
Rennie had the worst win proportion of any Wallabies coach with greater than 30 Checks — sitting at a win proportion of solely 38.24.
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Jones’ tenure formally begins on January 29 and the 62-year-old has eight months to organize for the 2023 World Cup in France earlier than the 2027 event in Australia.
“There’s three (NRL gamers) that come to thoughts,” Jones mentioned to the SMH.
“All have been Australian Schoolboys and have achieved nicely within the NRL. I’m certain the attract of taking part in in a house Rugby World Cup is perhaps one thing to draw them again.”
In reply to Jones’ feedback, V’landys has poked enjoyable on the time spent on the sphere with out the ball in play, saying anybody who traded codes can: “can take their cell phone with them on the sphere as a result of they’ve bought 20 minutes to tweet, Instagram or TikTok”.
He additionally had a message for Jones himself.
“We want Eddie the perfect of luck, and I hope he’s bought his cell phone with him so he can fill that half-hour as nicely,” V’landys advised AAP.
V’landys additionally revealed he isn’t involved gamers may depart the “best recreation of all” with a number of younger weapons reportedly on Rugby Australia’s hit record.
In response to The Every day Telegraph, some high-profile rugby league stars who come off contract this yr are on RA’s hit record, with Sydney Roosters younger gun Joseph Suaalii their precedence goal.
The 19-year-old beforehand represented the Australian Schoolboys in 2019 earlier than making his NRL debut for the Roosters in 2021 and taking part in for Samoa on the Rugby League World Cup.
Parramatta Eels centre Will Penisini, who captained The Kings Faculty’s First XV to an undefeated season in 2020, is a free agent after the 2023 season and is reportedly one other goal.
Melbourne Storm enforcer Nelson Asofa-Solomona can be needed by RA in keeping with studies and beforehand had a gathering with Dave Rennie in 2021.
Initially revealed as V’landys’ cheeky response to Jones’ NRL recruitment plans forward of Rugby WC