Jones: McKenzie needs right support
July 13, 2013
Ewen McKenzie (l) will need the right people around him, according to Eddie Jones © Getty Images
Former Wallabies coach Eddie Jones believes new mentor Ewen McKenzie will need to make significant changes to his current support staff if his vision for the development of the side is to be realised.
Jones says that while "hegemony has been restored to Australian rugby" with the appointment of the Queensland Reds coach, he will need the right people around him to help get the best out of his charges.
"Player management is the area where Ewen may need help," Jones wrote in his column in The Courier Mail. "The Reds were definitely a better- prepared team tactically and mentally when Matt Taylor, now with Scotland, and "Chook" Fowler were backroom staff. Taylor brought an extra edge in on-field coaching and Fowler, off the field, tactically. The Wallabies coaching staff will not give Ewen this and an overhaul is needed."
Jones also said Australia had been "obsessed with field position" under former coach Robbie Deans and was looking forward to a return to more running rugby.
"Ewen understands how important kicking is but if the opposition drop five players back for the kick, as the All Blacks sometimes do, the option is to run regardless of field position. The Wallabies will be more flexible in their approach under Ewen.
"Ewen is a fine coach. He is smart, works hard and, as a town planner, likes detail but can also see the bigger picture. His Wallabies will be tactically astute, selection will be horses for courses and the team will have a clear vision of where they need to go.
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