Eddie Jones fumed at a supporter who questioned his loyalty to Australia.
After the England coach led his side to a 21-17 win in Sydney, footage showed one Aussie fan take his compatriot to task after he walked past. Jones was walking around the pitch and he heard a fan yell in his direction: "You're a traitor." The comment clearly rattled the 62-year-old, who had to be restrained by a steward. The Red Rose coach yelled repeatedly: "Come here and say it." The supporter appeared to be known by the steward, who warned the spectator: "I've talked to you before." The guard also gestured at the heckler to leave.
Footage has done the rounds online and many have given their take on what took place. One wrote: “Don’t rate that supposed fan getting into Eddie Jones. It’s a poor look. I, as a proud wallaby & Australian , don’t think for one second Eddie is a traitor. He is a proud Aussie that happens to coach another national team that isn’t us. This is sport nowadays.”
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Another said: “No idea why people are saying Eddie Jones needs to develop a thicker skin here. Fair play for him having a crack back.”
A third wrote: “Just off the back of the Eddie Jones videos. I have seen a huge shift in Rugby fans over last few years. Swearing and abusing referees during the match. Abuse on twitter. #rugbyvalues and all that, it’s gone. Values in any walk of life seem to have gone. 2022. It’s sad.” A last one commented: “This bloke quickly remembered that Eddie Jones was a hard-nosed hooker for Randwick. Good on you, Eddie.”
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After the game, Jones told the Sun Herald: "Clowns think they have full go to abuse coaches."
Jones coached the Australian national team between 2001 and 2005 but was sacked after losing eight in nine matches. He then managed Japan between 2012 and 2015, before going on to take the position at England.
And the veteran coach has said previously about managing a rival nation: "You have got 48,000 people all full of drink and all they want to see is their team win. When you turn them away, it is a great experience. A great feeling.
"Before the game they are coming up saying to me: 'You are going to get belted tonight.' Now they are a little bit more quiet. So that's good. I enjoy that."
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