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Deans must be honest - Jones

 May 25,2013
Written by: SARugby.com Editor
 

<b>Former Wallaby coach Eddie Jones has told the incumbent, Robbie Deans, to be honest about his failure to select Quade Cooper.</b>

The mercurial fly-half, who last year was fined Aus$60,000 (US$60,000) and banned for three matches after calling the environment at the Wallabies 'toxic', was not included in Deans' 25-man squad to face the British & Irish Lions, with the coach insisting that it was form rather than previous missteps that saw Cooper excluded. 

This line of reasoning his come in for some harsh criticism and Jones has called on Deans to reveal the true reasons behind his decision.

"Please, don't treat the rugby public to the sham of media speak on Quade Cooper," Jones wrote to Deans in his column in Sydney's <i>The Telegraph</i>.

"Tell it straight that Cooper has missed your 25-man Wallabies squad because you think he's not good for the team environment. The ball is then in Cooper's court to show he can change."

The current Japan mentor added that Deans has a history of exiling players that he has had run-ins with.

"Cooper's understanding of the gain line, of finding space, is far ahead of any other No.10 in Australia so if Deans isn't picking him, there must be other reasons," Jones penned.

"Deans does not forgive players who cross him. Just ask Andrew Mehrtens and Matt Giteau."

 
 
 
 

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