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‘I found those comments disgusting’: SBW slams Eddie’s behaviour during disastrous WC

Sonny Bill Williams has slammed the behaviour of Eddie Jones during the Wallabies’ disastrous Rugby World Cup.

Williams called Jones’ comments about players “disgusting” and questioned his character for reportedly interviewing during Australia’s campaign to become Japan’s coach.

Dual international Williams didn’t miss in his scathing assessment of Jones after the Wallabies failed to make it out of the group stages for the first time in history.

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Williams, who won the World Cup with New Zealand in 2011 and 2015, was left stunned when the 63-year-old Jones was linked to Japan.

“Obviously, he had that meeting,” Williams told The SMH.

“It says a lot about his character to be honest. It’s comical. I still can’t believe it.

“I saw straight through his antics and his big-talking. This is a bloke who has a track record of burning bridges.

“The things that he’s done … if he was a player, you wouldn’t stand for it. It’s quite nice that they are being held accountable, just like players are.”

Williams also praised Rugby Australia’s board for this week sacking chairman Hamish McLennan who controversially appointed Jones in January.

“I commend the board on making the decision and not fussing around,” Williams said.

“I called it before the World Cup with Eddie … that it wasn’t the right thing and it backfired tremendously. Egos need to be left at the door. The public deserves better and so do these players.

Sonny Bill Williams has blasted Eddie Jones. GettySource: Getty Images

“A lot of people forgot about Dave Rennie’s leadership. Australia beat South Africa twice and came close to New Zealand.”

Jones also controversially left veteran Test stars Michael Hooper, Bernard Foley and Quade Cooper out of his World Cup squad, claiming they weren’t role models.

“I found those comments disgusting,” Williams said.

“I was really upset for those lads. The sad thing was that he couldn’t just leave with dignity. He had to leave with some firing shots by calling Hooper, Foley and Quade not role model material? What does that make him?

“I see this as the reset Australian rugby needs. Phil Waugh is talking about some really good things, especially strategies into Western Sydney. As rugby fans we all want to believe in something.

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“Transparency is key. With the talent Australia has, something special could happen. I love the idea of bringing everything under the one umbrella from Rugby Australia. The only way is up.”

McLennan was sacked by his own board on Sunday night in the wake of the Jones fiasco and said on Monday he’d taken the coach at his word on the Japan matter.

“If it is true that he did that … that’s terrible and appalling … especially when you’re leading into a World Cup and your focus should be on the team,” McLennan said on 2GB.

“He denied it and his agent said it was completely untrue. If he did do it, terrible form.”

Source website: www.foxsports.com.au

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