ACT coach Jones calls for Wallaby caps
May 29, 2000

ACT Brumbies coach Eddie Jones believes a dozen of his side beaten by New Zealand's Canterbury Crusaders in Saturday night's Super 12 final should be in the Wallaby squad.

He said Sunday the Wallaby squad for the year's first Test against Argentina to be named on June 7 should not be decided by the match between New South Wales and Queensland.

"They should be selecting on form and to select it on a one-off Queensland-New South Wales game I don't think is justifiable," he said.

Jones said seven of his players deserved a starting berth against Argentina
in Brisbane on June 17 with five more warranting spots on the replacements'

"In terms of our guys I think definitely our front row all deserve to be in
there (the squad)," he said.

Half-back pair George Gregan and Stephen Larkham and wing Joe Roff are established Wallabies but Jones called for national coach Rod Macqueen to look
at forwards Patricio Noriega, David Giffin, Justin Harrison, Jimmy Williams,
Jeremy Paul and Bill Young as well as full-back Andrew Walker, outside centre
Stirling Mortlock and inside centre Rod Kafer.

Jones said he could not criticise his side for continuing to play ball in
hand tactics which led to the Andrew Mehrtens' penalty from 41 metres three
minutes from time which won the match for the Crusaders.

"That's the running game that got us to the final, and if you remember the
last five minutes against Queensland we did exactly the same thing and won the
game, and everyone was saying 'how fantastic was that.On the night we just weren't good enough to do it."

Jones did not back way from his post-match criticism of South African
referee Andre Watson's performance.

"The referee just has too much influence on the result of the game," Jones said.

"Attacking sides don't get value for attacking and there were people who
definitely should have been put in the bin.

"You've got a ruck situation and the world's best halfback has been tackled
as he goes to pass the ball. How can that happen in a game of rugby, it's
impossible, and therefore they are professional fouls and they should be in
the bin."

He said the side could look back with credit on a fantastic year.

"In our season we lost three games - one by three, one by one and one by five (points), and that's playing against the best teams in the world," he said.

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