Eddie Jones believes Wallabies squad is good enough to win 2023 and 2027 World Cups

Australia are yet to win a game under Eddie Jones
Australia are yet to win a game under Eddie Jones

Australia head coach Eddie Jones expressed confidence over the squad selected for the upcoming Rugby World Cup despite a dismal performance in the recently concluded Rugby Championship tournament.

Jones took over as the Wallabies coach from Dave Rennie earlier in the year but under him the team has lost all the three matches in the Rugby Championship apart from the Bledisloe Cup II defeat to the All Blacks in Dunedin.

The 63-year-old left out of the experienced Quade Cooper from the World Cup squad along with Michael Hooper as he opted for younger players while Will Skelton was announced as the captain over the veteran James Slipper.

Despite missing out on some of the experienced players, Jones is confident that the squad will keep them in good stead over the next two World Cups.

"They're really difficult decisions, they're both very good players, but ... young players are the players that are going to take Australian rugby forward," he said.

"This squad is good enough to win this World Cup and possibly go on to win the next World Cup. That's the advantage of picking young guys.

"They all deserve their opportunities. It's not as if we're handing them jerseys on a platter but they'll bring energy and a lot of ambition and enthusiasm."

Australia squad:

Forwards: Angus Bell, Pone Fa'amausili, Zane Nonggorr, Blake Schoupp, James Slipper, Taniela Tupou, Matt Faessler, David Porecki, Jordan Uelese, Richie Arnold, Nick Frost, Matt Philip, Will Skelton (capt), Langi Gleeson, Tom Hooper, Rob Leota, Fraser McReight, Rob Valetini.

Backs: Issak Fines-Leleiwasa, Tate McDermott, Nic White, Carter Gordon, Lalakai Foketi, Samu Kerevi, Izaia Perese, Jordan Petaia, Max Jorgensen, Andrew Kellaway, Marika Koroibete, Mark Nawaqanitawase, Suliasi Vunivalu, Ben Donaldson, Josh Kemeny.