Eddie Jones has called for a change in attitude in Queensland rugby, saying “idiots” had repeated things which led to failure.
Jones takes over as Queensland coach in two weeks and the former Wallaby mentor has vowed to do things differently. “Only idiots repeat failure and that’s what’s been happening there,” Jones told Sydney radio station 2KY.
“We’ve got to change things and there has to be a change of attitude to make the change in the way we do things.” He inherits a beleagured Queensland outfit which is losing games and players and lacking the corporate support of NSW and Western Australia.
The third party backing which is financing rival Australian provinces threatens to send the Reds plummeting even further than their last three dismal years in Super 12 and Super 14 rugby.
“It does make it difficult but having said that Queensland have come 10th, 10th and they’re 12th this year and we need to make a fresh start, there’s no use repeating what’s been done over the last three years,” he said.
“If we lose some players we’ve just got to move on, we’ve got to find a squad that’s capable and has the attitude of wanting to improve and will do that.”
Jones denied he berated a player, believed to be Reds back Julian Huxley, over the phone for telling the media he was uncertain of his future.
“I think all of that’s … a little bit laughable,” he said. “I had one conversation with a player about comments that he made in the media but the bottom line is that we’ve got to change things at Queensland.”