Eddie Jones made a profitable Twickenham return on his first look again on the house of English rugby since being sacked because the nation’s worldwide head coach in December.
Jones was given his marching orders by the RFU final 12 months however was again at his outdated workplace to take cost of the Barbarians in opposition to a World XV led by his outdated nemesis Steve Hansen.
The 2 high-profile coaches had a bottle of purple wine using on this encounter and it’s Jones who will drink totally free after the Barbarians edged an entertaining encounter.
Within the equal of this sport final 12 months, Jones was in command of an England aspect humiliated by the Barbarians for whom former Saracens and England lock George Kruis back-heeled a conversion. However the man who’s now Australia head coach had higher luck in 2023, popping out on high.
Each side featured a glittering array of true rugby superstars. Alun Wyn Jones, the world’s most capped participant who introduced his worldwide retirement final week, captained his namesake Eddie Jones’ Barbarians aspect.
Eddie Jones made a profitable return to Twickenham on Sunday as his Barbarians aspect beat the World XV
Seta Tamanivalu scored two ties for the Barbarians in a star-studded sport
The World XV’s back-line, which included Charles Piutau, Israel Folau, Semi Radradra and Ngani Laumape, was mouth-watering on paper and so it proved.
The presence of former Australia star Folau at Twickenham was controversial given his earlier feedback that homosexual folks would go to hell except they repented for his or her sins.
Folau was booed when he touched the ball and when scoring a first-half strive by a disappointing Twickenham crowd. The RFU responded to his inclusion at their venue by reiterating their support for the LGBTQ+ community within the matchday programme. Additionally they flew the satisfaction flag on the floor.
Supporters confirmed their anger at Folau’s look by jeering when he touched the ball, however there was additionally admiration for his undoubted expertise when he produced one outrageous offload. Unsurprisingly, each groups threw warning to the wind in a bid to entertain.
There have been 9 tries within the opening 40 – 5 coming from the Barbarians and 4 for the World XV.
Newcastle’s flying wing Adam Radwan, seemingly forgotten by England, bought the Barbarians opener from a driving maul – certainly the primary time he has scored from such a place.
Semi Radradra was rightly named participant of the match after a wide ranging show
Adam Radwan, who has seemingly been forgotten by England, opened the scoring for Jones’ males
Tevita Li, Seta Tamanivalu, Stephan Lewies, and Gareth Anscombe all crossed for the Barbarians too.
Bristol’s French-bound Fijian Radradra was excellent for the World XV, treating opposition defenders with disdain, carrying the ball in a single hand, and offloading with ease.
He was the deserved participant of the match.
Hansen’s World XV group produced two uncommon ‘wall’ set-piece strikes the place their gamers lined up collectively in a line from a penalty.
Seb Negri, Sbu Nkosi, Api Ratuniyarawa and Folau had been their scorers.
Alun Wyn Jones, whose outstanding Wales career is now over, gave the impression to be having fun with himself.
He collected one Anscombe cross-kick early on and initially of the second half, nonchalantly flicked the ball out the again of his hand at a ruck. Electrical South African worldwide Nkosi additionally had what would have been a second strive dominated out earlier than the break when diving acrobatically for the road.
Radradra, who will certainly trigger havoc with Fiji on the World Cup later this 12 months primarily based on the proof right here, was a sheer pleasure to look at. He raced clear and a World XV strive appeared sure, however Piutau handed ahead when the 2 former Bristol males tried to mix.
Regardless of nothing using on the encounter, Piutau’s anger at his error was clear.
Tries: Radwan, Li, Tamanivalu (2), Lewies, Anscombe, Hougaard, Johnson
Cons: Anscombe (4)
Tries: Negri, Nkosi (2), Ratuniyarawa, Folau, Corridor
Cons: Hastings (4) Patchell (2)
Referee: Tom Foley (RFU)
Star man: Semi Radradra (World XV)
It was quickly made worse when Tamanivalu walked over the road and popped the ball up for Barbarians substitute Francois Hougaard to attain the second half’s first strive.
Maverick Australian fly-half Quade Cooper continued the enjoyable within the solar with a chic Barbarians move behind his physique. After per week of off-field bonding and the occasional beer, each groups drained unsurprisingly. Bryn Corridor narrowed the hole for the World XV as the sport went end-to-end.
Folau’s political opinions may be abhorrent however his rugby capacity stays undoubted. He’s a splendidly balanced runner and a supreme athlete.
After his Australia contract was cancelled in 2019, he’s now eligible to play for Tonga and can accomplish that on the World Cup in the identical aspect as Piutau.
Folau sliced via the Barbarians defence like a sizzling knife via butter and was subjected to extra booing as he ran clear down the wing.
Even his brilliance couldn’t cease the Barbarians.
Sam Johnson went over the road and lock nice Alun Wyn Jones lined up the conversion. He took his time, however the try didn’t go nicely.
Alun Wyn Jones, the world’s most capped participant, turned out for the Barbarians after saying his retirement final week
On the different finish, Nkosi grabbed his second and Rhys Patchell transformed to make it a one-point sport with 5 minutes to go.
However Tamanivalu wrapped up the scoring and it was becoming the sport completed with Alun Wyn Jones at its centre.
He took one other conversion try to claps from the Twickenham crowd and though he missed for the second time, it was nonetheless becoming recognition for one of many sport’s greats.
On the sidelines, Eddie Jones was all smiles. He’s a person who loves profitable and this victory would certainly have meant rather a lot given the place it got here.