Eddie Jones, Dave Rennie, Australia warned to resist the urge


All Blacks great Murray Mexted has warned Rugby Australia they would be ‘crazy’ to sack Dave Rennie as Wallabies manager ahead of next year’s World Cup in France.

The rugby world has been shaken up badly this week with two top coaches – England’s Eddie Jones and Wales’ Wayne Pivac – being transferred.

Former Chiefs manager Warren Gatland replaced Pivac while England assistant Steve Borthwick is expected to replace Jones.

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Australian coach Dave Rennie at Eden Park. (Getty)

The England bombshell has sparked calls in Australia to sack Jones – who has led two teams to the World Cup final – as an immediate replacement for Rennie.

Mexted, who rubbed shoulders with Jones and Rennie at his International Rugby Academy in New Zealand, says that would be a mistake.

“I’m surprised Wales have sacked Pivac with a year to go,” Mexted told SENZ.

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Murray Mexted in action for the All Blacks. (Getty)

“I think it has a lot to do with a new coach, but Gatland would be the only one qualified to take on that role because he’s so close to it and he just has an immediate path to head coaching.

“But with Dave Rennie, I mean they’d be mad if they changed Dave Rennie – and it’s come to this stage with (All Blacks manager) Ian Foster now too.

“To destabilize the World Cup campaign half a dozen big matches out of the World Cup would be a bad decision, and it would be a reckless decision…

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“The most successful periods or tenures are those that are consistent over a period of about four years or more. If you look back in history and look back to when a head coach ran the show with success, they often had four, five, six years at the helm.”

Speaking before Jones’ axe, former Wallaby Morgan Turinui – who played under Jones – agreed throwing the crafty 62-year-old would be a mistake.

“I don’t think there’s a reason to change coaches so close to a World Cup. If it’s a World Cup rebound to be better at a World Cup , it probably won’t work for the World Cup,” Turinui said on Stan Sport’s Between two positions.

Eddie Jones at Twickenham. (Getty)

“If you think you haven’t got the right guy and you might as well start the new regime that’s coming now, forgetting about the World Cup, then that’s another question.

“If I’m England, I’m not getting rid of an experienced manager who has historic World Cup success.”

Wallabies great Matt Giteau – also speaking before Jones’ removal was confirmed – agreed on Twitter.

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