Alan Jones is in it to win it
BARBARIANS coach Alan Jones is expecting a polished performance from his side when they take on the Classic Wallabies tonight.
Jones is making his return to coaching after a 30-year hiatus and will have the likes of enigmatic five-eighth Quade Cooper at his disposal for the clash.
It is the first time the international Barbarians have played in a regional area and Jones is banking on a strong showing from his side before they take on Michael Cheika's Wallabies this weekend.
Jones was the main attraction at a rugby sports lunch at the Lismore Turf Club on Sunday.
"The invitation to coach the Barbarians certainly didn't come from the Australian Rugby Union,” Jones said.
"We want to recreate and honour the tradition of the Barbarians.
"There is always a lot expectation on the Barbarians whenever we take the field.
"We're playing to win so we won't just be chucking the ball around like basketballers.
"The public have a perception of how they want this game to be played and we'll be doing all we can for them to leave and then want to come back and see rugby again.”
Jones did praise the Wallabies for the 23-18 win over the All Blacks in the final Bledisloe Cup game on Saturday night but admits they still have plenty of work to do.
He was critical of the ARU and the decision to remove the Western Force from Super Rugby as well as the amount of staff they employ.
"I know people will call you a dinosaur when your start talking about how things were done in earlier years,” Jones said.
"But when I was coaching Australia we had a president and two secretaries. That was it, and we didn't do too badly. We didn't need the 80 people they have now in the administration army getting paid phenomenal salaries.
"The All Blacks win will help pretend that things are okay when really nothing much will change.
"The money has to spent down here at clubs and schools, at the grassroots level.”
The Barbarians team also includes former Western Force captain Matt Hodgson, Etu Nabuli, Pek Cowan, Anaru Rangi, Richie Arnold, Matt Philip, Kane Koteka and Michael Ruru.