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Jones Slams ‘Entertainment Venture’


Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news on 27 Aug 2008 at 23:38
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Eddie Jones has launched a withering attack on the experimental law variations he fears are leading rugby down the path of Twenty20 cricket.

Duncan Bech of PA Sport writes that the Saracens director of rugby and former Wallabies coach is alarmed by what he views as a misguided attempt – orchestrated by Australia – to make the sport more exciting.

Jones was speaking at Wednesday’s launch of the new Guinness Premiership season, where the introduction of the controversial ELVs topped the agenda.

New rules such as legally being able to collapse the maul and no player restrictions at the line-outs have been greeted with animosity in the northern hemisphere.

Jones, a respected voice in the game who steered Australia to the 2003 World Cup final, feels the changes could inspire a new version of the sport.

“The important thing is to improve rugby. To judge the ELVs you have to ask ‘have they made the game better?”‘ he said.

“Better does not necessarily mean more entertaining. If you want entertainment, you watch Twenty20 cricket. We don’t want rugby to be Twenty20 cricket.

“That has to be the judgment line. These changes have been made with a view to entertainment, not to improving rugby.

“The pressure on rugby in Australia is to win fans. They’re competing directly against Aussie rules, rugby league and football.

“All three are simple motion games where the ball is always in play. To compete the Super 14 has become a quick-tap motion game.

“The ball is in play a lot but that doesn’t create a better game, it creates entertainment – to the detriment of rugby.

“Now there’s Test match cricket and Twenty20 cricket but we need to keep Test-match rugby.

“Around the world most people want to watch Test rugby. There are pockets around the world who want to see Twenty20 cricket so let’s make Twenty12 rugby.

“We could have 12 players, 20 minutes each way with no scrums or line-outs.

“As the game becomes more professional another form of the game could develop. Sevens hasn’t been a success as entertainment.

“It might do well in Hong Kong and Wellington, but around the world. You might find another form of the game springs up eventually.”

Dwindling club attendance figures in the southern hemisphere prompted a rethink by the International Rugby Board into the way the game should be played.

The law changes are even more extensive in New Zealand, Australia and South Africa, where the proliferation of free-kicks has further altered the shape of the sport.

But while the SANZAR nations struggle to attract fans, the northern hemisphere is enjoying an unprecedented boom in popularity that runs from club to Test level.

Most of the Premiership directors of rugby attending Wednesday’s launch expressed diplomatic indifference to outright opposition when discussing the ELVs.

But Jones was the most vociferous in arguing a sport in such rude health should not be tampered with.

“Just have a look at what the World Cup has done in Europe. Rugby in France is so big now – they had four club games with 80,000 crowds last season,” he said.

“Rugby in France is going through the roof because the World Cup was so successful.

“Watch Bath against Wasps in January – it was one of the best games I’ve ever seen. There were unbelievable skills levels on show.

“It had everything. If a game is played well and refereed well then there is nothing wrong with it. If you play the game well then it becomes a spectacle.

“If you try to make it a spectacle first and foremost, then you get a simplistic version.”



27 Comments

  • Eddie Jones is pathetic in what he’s saying. It would seem to me the man want to talk himself into another job. Sevens was not a success, let us try 12? :twisted:

    Well, what about 9, or 6, or 4, or…..???? :roll:

  • Comment 1, posted at 28.08.08 05:28:01 by Silver Fox Reply
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  • :yawn:

  • Comment 2, posted at 28.08.08 07:23:31 by blackshark Reply
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  • Eddie is really moving up my “auto-ignore” list…

  • Comment 3, posted at 28.08.08 07:25:24 by blackshark Reply
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  • @blackshark (Comment 3) : Sensible :smile:

  • Comment 4, posted at 28.08.08 07:27:24 by Silver Fox Reply
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  • What does Eddie Jones know about rugby anyway? :shock:

  • Comment 5, posted at 28.08.08 07:41:54 by wpw Reply
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  • @Silver Fox (Comment 4) : Another person who’s managed to find a spot on that list is Simnikiwe Xabanisa of Sunday Times/The Times. From today I’m not gonna waste any of my time reading his articles.

    @wpw (Comment 5) : Reds scored in the last minute of ET :oops: but still relieved we won. :razz:

  • Comment 6, posted at 28.08.08 07:55:33 by blackshark Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 6) : Journalists in general are a sad lot anyway.

  • Comment 7, posted at 28.08.08 08:01:20 by Silver Fox Reply

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  • LATEST NEWS FLASH!

    RICHARD BRANSON HAS OFFERED TO SPONSOR THE SPRINGBOKS FOR $5 000 000,00 PER GAME.

    THE OFFER WAS REFUSED BY S.A RUGBY UNION.

    THEY SAY THEY CANNOT WEAR “VIRGIN” ON THEIR T-SHIRTS WHEN THEY ARE GETTING F**KED EVERY WEEK!

    :oops:

  • Comment 8, posted at 28.08.08 08:01:51 by I'ce (Rebel With a Cause) Reply
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  • @Silver Fox (Comment 7) : Yeah…except my friends who give me free tickets to cool events. :twisted:

  • Comment 9, posted at 28.08.08 08:10:08 by blackshark Reply

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  • @I’ce (Rebel With a Cause) (Comment 8) : :neutral:

  • Comment 10, posted at 28.08.08 08:20:53 by Charlie Reply

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  • @Charlie (Comment 10) :

    Ag toe! If we have nothing left, at least have some humor! :wink:

  • Comment 11, posted at 28.08.08 08:23:48 by I'ce (Rebel With a Cause) Reply
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  • @blackshark (Comment 9) :

    :mrgreen:

  • Comment 12, posted at 28.08.08 08:24:01 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Silver Fox (Comment 7) : Agree. They are almost as bad as agents

  • Comment 13, posted at 28.08.08 08:24:30 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Charlie (Comment 10) :

    Jinne – jy gee my darem nou baie die ‘dunlippie” treatment lately?? :roll:

    :twisted:

  • Comment 14, posted at 28.08.08 08:24:42 by I'ce (Rebel With a Cause) Reply
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  • @I’ce (Rebel With a Cause) (Comment 11) : Count your blessings! At least we have the Sharks

  • Comment 15, posted at 28.08.08 08:25:42 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 15) : And Province for humour… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 16, posted at 28.08.08 08:28:04 by blackshark Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 15) :

    Wow!! At least *I* have the Sharks AND my sens of humor intact! I am a lucky, lucky girl!!

    Rob – Count YOUR blessings – you have the Sharks, a sense of humor AND Ice on Sharksworld! :wink:

  • Comment 17, posted at 28.08.08 08:31:21 by I'ce (Rebel With a Cause) Reply
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  • @I’ce (Rebel With a Cause) (Comment 17) : Damn right! :-)

  • Comment 18, posted at 28.08.08 08:33:56 by robdylan Reply
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  • Wow!! At least *I* have the Sharks AND my sens of humor intact! I am a lucky, lucky girl!!

    Ja but can you spell? :lol: :mrgreen:

    I declare the Sharksworld’s “pick on ice” hour. :wink:

  • Comment 19, posted at 28.08.08 08:34:10 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 19) :

    With a puppy face like mine?? I dont NEED to spell.. :wink: JK!! :lol:

    OK – Bring it on!!! :twisted: :twisted:

  • Comment 20, posted at 28.08.08 08:36:18 by I'ce (Rebel With a Cause) Reply
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  • @I’ce (Rebel With a Cause) (Comment 8) :
    Ice, thats not funny. The truth must be handled with sensitivity.

  • Comment 21, posted at 28.08.08 08:47:25 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • One would think that South Africans would actually agree with Eddie Jones, considering how crap our rugby is, from a viewing and results perspective.

  • Comment 22, posted at 28.08.08 08:52:48 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 19) :

    RE “Pick On Ice Hour”…where is that Silver Hound??? i am sure he will make good use of this opportunity to TRY and conquer the Queen of Ice… :roll: :wink:

    @Salmonoid (Comment 21) : – The truth can be funny! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 23, posted at 28.08.08 08:53:00 by I'ce (Rebel With a Cause) Reply
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  • @I’ce (Rebel With a Cause) (Comment 23) :
    To be honest I thought it was very funny because it was the truth.

  • Comment 24, posted at 28.08.08 08:57:48 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @blackshark (Comment 6) :

    YNWA boet!!!

    Did u hear Gerrard is out for the next 2 weeks???

    He needs to undergo an operation on his groin. :???:

  • Comment 25, posted at 28.08.08 08:59:10 by wpw Reply
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  • I think his argument is as strong as the one for the ELVs to be honest.

  • Comment 26, posted at 28.08.08 10:38:16 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 25) : :cry: Not the best way to start the season…at least Masch is back…

  • Comment 27, posted at 28.08.08 11:14:49 by blackshark Reply

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