‘See ya Australia’: Dismal Wallabies get what they deserve as World Cup reality sets in

Thanks Eddie Jones, for the worst World Cup we’ve ever had.

A tournament that began with Jones slamming the negativity surrounding the Wallabies has officially ended with the country’s worst ever Rugby World Cup result.

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The Australians could dare to dream as Portugal opened up a lead over Fiji in the final match of Pool C on Monday morning (AEDT).

The Portuguese would indeed win the match 24-23, joyously celebrating its first ever victory at a Rugby World Cup.

But the damage for Australia had already been inflicted well before this morning’s match and could be felt for years to come.

Wallabies hooker David Porecki and coach Eddie Jones. Photos: AFP and Getty ImagesSource: Getty Images

If Portugal had beaten Fiji by more than seven points, the Wallabies would have snuck into the quarter-finals.

It would have been unjust, however, after this experimental Australian side combined a thrashing at the hands of the Welsh and a first loss to Fiji in 69 years with ho-hum victories over minnows Georgia and Portugal.

Sure, Jones was given a four-year mandate and blooded lots of fresh Wallabies with an eye on the 2027 World Cup on home soil.

But that doesn’t mean an Australian side can afford to effectively take a World Cup off, as this team appeared to do.

The Rugby World Cup is the absolute pinnacle of the sport and only comes around every four years.

Since the first edition in 1987, Australian Rugby built a once-mighty reputation through World Cup triumphs in 1991 and 1999 when the men in gold would puff their chests out and stare down the best the All Blacks, English, South African et al could muster.

That all lies in tatters now for a team that failed to get out of the group stage for the first time ever and will crawl back to Australia to lick its sizeable wounds.

It was perhaps fitting that this current squad played its last match a full week ago and was forced to sit around at a camp in France to await its fate on Monday morning.

Eddie Jones at his infamous press conference at Sydney Airport. (Photo by David GRAY / AFP)Source: AFP

We can only hope the team’s manager had the foresight to have flights booked home, rather than scramble for seats on Skyscanner for a large troupe of miserable men.

“Thanks for the worst press conference I’ve ever had in world rugby,” Jones savaged a group of Australian journalists at Sydney Airport as the team flew out for France on August 17.

“Well done boys, that is the worst I’ve ever seen.

“Forget it, boys. You ought to give yourselves uppercuts, boys.”

Earlier, the 63-year-old Jones had had a gutful of the line of questioning about the team’s prospects and fired back with “I can’t believe the level of negativity here boys.

“You’re so bloody negative about everything.

“We’ll go out there and do our best, so if you haven’t got anything positive to say, don’t ask please.

“I know you blokes think we can’t do any good, so don’t ask any questions boys. Just be the pessimists you are, keep Australian rugby where it’s been.”

The reality is it isn’t where it’s been or anywhere near where it once was.

It is officially at its lowest ever ebb.

Source website: www.foxsports.com.au

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