Read Eddie Jones’ tone-deaf take on the unprecedented sexism protest made by female rugby stars outraged by lavish treatment of Wallabies WAGs
- Eddie Jones says Wallaroos are a secondary issue
- Says he’s got his hands full at the moment
- Jones’ role is to also ‘oversee’ Wallaroos
Days after the Wallaroos players’ sexism complaint to Rugby Australia, Wallabies coach Eddie Jones has admitted he has had limited involvement with the side – and they are a ‘secondary issue’ for him.
Current national players slammed Rugby Australia on Sunday via social media, calling for appropriate investment in the women’s game and pointing out the staggering differences between the men’s and women’s programs.
The move came after it was revealed the wives and partners of the World Cup-bound Wallabies were flown to Sydney for farewells after multiple training camps and a trip to Arnhem Land before their departure to Paris, flying business class.
In contrast, the Wallaroos flew economy for recent matches in Canada with their coach, schoolteacher Jay Tregonning, who isn’t yet working full time.
‘You told us flying anything beyond economy was too costly, then you flew the Wallabies business class on a trip shorter than ours,’ the Wallaroos said in the statement posted on the social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter.
Wallabies coach Eddie Jones has admitted he has had limited involvement with the national women’s side despite being given the job of overseeing the side
The Wallaroos have slammed Rugby Australia for not funding the women’s game
‘You told us full-time contracts are in the pipeline, that there wasn’t enough money to keep the men in the game, let alone us, then you paid $5 million for an NRL player.
‘You said our program will go professional and our coach will be full-time. How many coaches has Eddie taken to the World Cup?
‘You continually say we don’t have enough resources, yet we all saw the World Cup send-off for the Wallabies.’
Jones was hired by Rugby Australia to coach the Wallabies – but also to ‘oversee’ the Wallaroos for the next three years.
Currently in Paris for the Rugby World Cup, Jones was asked about the Wallaroos’ complaints.
‘I’ve got my hands a little bit full here, so that’s obviously a secondary issue for me,’ Jones said.
‘But I think it’s wonderful what the Matildas have done for Australian sport and women in general, and we’re all hopeful that the Wallaroos will do the same when the time comes about (home World Cup in 2029). And we’re all supporting them to do that.’
Jones was also quizzed about how much time he’d spent on the training field with the Wallaroos, who are currently ranked eighth in the world.
Female stars were angered after WAGs of male players were flown business class to Paris
Jones admits he hasn’t had much involvement with the female side since he got the job of turning Aussie rugby around
‘I have been here since January 29th and I don’t think I have had a day off,’ he replied.
‘It has been impossible. I have sat in a couple of meetings with Wallaroos coaching staff but that’s the extent of it at the moment.
‘They have a great coach in Jay [Tregonning], he is doing a good job.’
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