Australian coach Eddie Jones has decided to drop Carter Gordon from the team. The coach has reportedly “lost faith” in the young player. As the team approaches a must-win match against Wales at the Rugby World Cup, the coach has expressed his thoughts on the matter.
Jones has decided to end his experimental gameplay with the 22-year-old. The wallabies progress past the pool stage and are now put on hold.
Gordon has not been performing well since the match against the All blacks at the MCG. The coach had put up with his unflattering performance on the field as the No.10 in the team, but an embarrassing loss to Fiji on 17 September seems to have changed Jones’ mind. The fans were seen appealing for a change when Gordon was not able to perform well during the match.
Jones was seen appreciating Ben Donaldson for his performance during the second half. The coach’s disappointment was evident in his looks after the historical loss against Fiji.
Inside reports by Tom Decent and Michael Atkinson
According to Tom Decent and Michael Atkinson, Donaldson will be shifted to flyhalf, and the forgotten player Andrew Kellaway will be returning to the starting side.
The journalists have said that the Wallabies sources with knowledge of team selection, speaking on the condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to speak publicly, told that Gordon is to be dropped from the starting XV after his poor performance in Australia’s 22-15 loss to Fiji on 17 September.
The Sydney Morning Herald report has read Jones has backed Gordon throughout the year, but the coach appears to have lost faith in the young playmaker. Australia is now set to play a match that they cannot afford to lose if they want to make the quarter-finals.
However, it is said that the team still needs a backup player, so Gordon could be moved to the Wallabies bench while Donaldson will be shifted from fullback to No. 15 jersey.
We are yet to fully hear the thoughts from the coach himself as we hope for a brighter future for the young flyhalf Carter Gordon.