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Jones livid after loss to Barbarians


Japan coach Eddie Jones tore into his team following a 40-21 loss to the French Barbarians on Wednesday, threatening to resign if he does not see a change in the attitude of the players.

The defeat followed three straight losses at home to Fiji, Tonga and Samoa in the Pacific Nations Cup and Jones, who took over for John Kirwan at the start of the year, did not like what he saw from the Brave Blossoms who were not at full strength, featuring several inexperienced players.

“It was disgusting today,” the former Wallabies boss said. “There’s no other way to look at it. We had 15 players out there who did not put their bodies on the line, and that’s my fault as coach.

“We can’t train any harder, we can’t train with any more intent. Players understand the game plan, but they weren’t physical. How you can play rugby and not be physical?”

When captain Toshiaki Hirose laughed as he stumbled for words, Jones’ temper reached the boiling point. Hirose was nearly in tears as the Australian continued to unload on the team.

“It’s not funny!” he said. “That’s the problem with Japanese rugby, seriously. We’re not serious about winning. If we want to win, we have to go out and physically smash people.”