All Blacks all-rounder Jeff Wilson has heaped more praise on his side not believing that Quade Cooper is the right person to captain the Wallabies in the Bledisloe Cup and Rugby World Cup.
Cooper, 35, has refused to compete with young tyro Carter Gordon to wear Australia’s No.10 jersey for the opening two Tests of the Rugby Championship.
Wallabies coach Eddie Jones has preached patience with both Cooper, who recently returned from a ruptured Achilles tendon, and Gordon, during the offseason.
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It didn’t wash with Wilson, who also went hard for Cooper’s appointment on The Breakdown, available to stream here on Stan Sport.
“I still don’t understand why Quade Cooper is running the team because he’s not doing well and we know he’s not doing well with the All Blacks,” Wilson said.
“How can he wear 10 jerseys in two weeks, seriously?”
The All Blacks, 2-0 in the Rugby Championship, will take on the winless Wallabies in the Bledisloe opener at the MCG on July 29.
New Zealand legend Sonny Bill Williams was one of the players impressed by the speed and power of Ian Foster’s team. blasting South African internationals at the Mt Smart Stadium on Saturday.
“I had a quick chat with Sonny on the sidelines and he was like, ‘that’s as good as I’ve seen them start a game’,” Stephen Hoiles said on Stan Sport’s. Between Two Posts.
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“I was like, ‘really?’
The All Blacks were challenged by the Springboks ‘bomb squad’ bench in the second half before scoring again late in the 35-20 victory.
“You see the game, the pace they put in in the first five minutes. It just shocked South Africa,” said Morgan Turinui. Between Two Posts.
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“Like he was caught offside, he’s coming back a lot of times. (Aaron) Smith’s work and the speed of the ball. The (Will) Jordan scored Aaron Smith’s try.
“That’s how you want to start the running game. They’ve got their style going forward. They’ve got a little bit of a passing game.
“Jordan on the right wing was incredible… strong in contact and never loses his pace in transition.
He has (Christian) Cullen, (Ben) Smith, all through him…
“The ABs were good but I don’t think the Boks will be too worried.
“They’ll be disappointed. It’s a good team they put on the park, but I don’t think they’ll think ‘oh, well, we can’t beat them’.”
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