Grand Slam winning coach turned broadcaster Alan Jones has defended Kurtley Beale and blasted the Wallabies setup, saying there are too many staff.
Grand Slam-winning coach Alan Jones says embattled Kurtley Beale is a symptom, not the disease in the troubled Wallabies.
The grand slam winning coach-turned broadcaster has blasted Australian rugby, saying it’s in “absolute disarray”.
Speaking at a Weary Dunlop rugby luncheon in Melbourne, Jones said the late war hero and former Wallaby would be “disturbed” by the crisis in the current crop, who are preparing to play the All Blacks in Brisbane on Saturday night.
Coach Ewen McKenzie is under pressure to keep his position while Beale must face a misconduct hearing after offensive text messages were inadvertently sent to the team’s business manager Di Patston, who has since resigned.
Beale also had a verbal argument with Patston en route to their recent Test in Argentina.
Jones said he’d known Beale since his schoolboy days.
“He’s one of the nicest people you’d ever meet and he’s at all times unfailingly courteous but there comes a limit to what you can cop,” Jones said.
“And when you’ve had instructions barked at you by a business manager whose role has never been defined and you don’t know how that person got the job…
“There’s been too much of this and now as a result you want to make Beale the problem; Beale is the symptom he ain’t the disease.”
Jones said that players were confused and frustrated because of the large number of staff that were involved with the team.
“This is why they get into trouble because there are mixed messages,” Jones said.
Due to celebrate next month the 30-year anniversary of his team’s Bledisloe Cup series win over the All Blacks in Auckland, Jones said there needed to be changes.
He said that man for man Australia were as good as New Zealand and capable of being world No.1.
“A fish stinks from the top and there’s a smell out there about this wonderful product.
“Unless the board of the ARU and the CEO understand that, we’re headed for even worse times.
“No one is going to want to contribute to a game which seems to be so appallingly managed.”