That Jones boy will do
By Steve Spinks
FORMER Wallaby Garrick Morgan and Gold Coast coach John Boe believe controversial radio personality Alan Jones should be the man selected as the next Wallabies coach.
While attending a Far North Coast rugby union coaches seminar at the Lake Ainsworth Sport and Recreation Camp, Lennox Head, yesterday Morgan and Boe anointed the 1984 grand slam-winning Australian coach as their preferred candidate ahead of Ewen McKenzie, John Muggleton, Laurie Fisher and David Nucifora.
"It's hard for me to say but I'd go for Alan Jones," Morgan said.
"All the other coaches seem a bit the same."
Morgan, who was capped 24 times for Australia and had 62 games for Queensland, played for the Wallabies under coach Bob Dwyer, so he missed out playing under Jones, who finished his tenure as Aussie coach in 1987 after the inaugural World Cup.
"I haven't had a lot to do with him (Jones)," Morgan said.
"But I've had plenty to do with Alec Evans (former Queensland and Australia assistant coach) who has worked a lot with him.
"And he's the same type of person as Alec Evans."
Boe, a New Zealander who coaches the Gold Coast Breakers in the Brisbane first grade competition as well as the new entity the East Coast Aces in the inaugural Australian Rugby Championship, said he had no doubt Jones could do the job.
Boe also believes Jones has the right idea about downsizing the staffing levels within the Wallaby set-up.
"Without a doubt he would be a good head coach," Boe said. "He would need a backs coach, a forwards coach, a doctor and a physio, and that's it. There is far too much support staff."
A decision by the Australian Rugby Union had been expected this month. However, chief executive officer John O'Neill missed the interviews because he was having neck surgery.
A second round of interviews is now expected and a decision could well drag into the new year.
There have been reports that a joint ticket between Jones and NSW Waratahs Super 14s coach McKenzie would be likely to succeed. However, both candidates rejected the possibility.
Meanwhile, Morgan and Boe believe the sooner rugby adopts the new 'Stellenbosch Laws' which were used in the ARC the better.
Both believe the rules, which simplify the breakdown, make for a better style of rugby including more tries, a criticism levelled at the recent Rugby World Cup.
"Watching the World Cup and the ARC there was no doubt the ARC was more entertaining," Boe said. "Obviously it's always going to be tighter at that (World Cup) level but the games must be better to watch."
In further news, Morgan and Boe expect big things from former Wollongbar junior Steve Mison next season who is playing for the Gold Coast.
"This is his year," Morgan said.
"We have to get him out of Europe at the moment because he's playing over there. He was a bit crook (injured) last season but he's robust and he has no fear, so we expect him to do well."