Wallabies legend David Campese admits union has become BORING and says Australia’s kicking tactics are turning fans away from the sport: ‘That’s NOT rugby’
David Campese has lamented the state of rugby union and claims that Australia’s uninspiring tactics are harming the sport’s reputation among fans.
The Wallabies suffered a humiliating defeat by Italy last weekend in Florence and while Campese expects Dave Rennie’s side to put in a better performance against Ireland, he doesn’t believe it will be pretty.
‘The game is getting to the stage now where it isn’t really entertaining,’ the 60-year-old Wallabies legend told BBC Northern Ireland.
‘The amount of box kicking these days is unbelievable.’
The Wallabies have copped a lashing from one of the greatest rugby players to wear the shirt
Campese pointed to Australia’s frustrating clash with New Zealand earlier this year, in which the first half lasted 51 minutes due to long pauses in play.
‘You’ve got so many stoppages. New Zealand had the ball for seven minutes in play. Australia for six. That’s 13 minutes of 51 that the ball is in play.
‘Is it really entertaining? There are a lot of problems.’
Campese attributed to the dull spectacles to a combination of overbearing officials and boring tactics from coaches.
David Campese says that union is no longer ‘entertaining’ for spectators in the ground
He said that Australia’s kicking tactics is ‘not rugby’ and says coaches play to win, not entertain
‘The laws have changed the game. The referees have got too much control,’ he added.
‘You’ve got Cheslin Kolbe, Antoine Dupont, Finn Russell, the Barrett brothers from New Zealand, Willie le Roux and I still like Danny Cipriani though he’s getting a bit older now…..players who are very creative.
‘Those guys we need. We need those players to entertain but unfortunately the coaches are the ones who put the game the way it is because for them, it’s a job. They want to win. They don’t care how they win.
‘I’ve been told that the Wallabies’ game plan now is to win the kicking competition because the statistics show, the more you kick, the more you win. That’s not rugby.’
He also blasted rugby referees for taking ‘too much control’ and halting the game’s momentum
He also hit out at rugby chiefs for adopting rules that are at the heart of rugby league.
‘We’ve got rugby league rules in our game. The goal-line drop out. That’s ridiculous. We’ve got the 50-22 rule which is ridiculous.
‘Why we do have to go to another sport to bring to our sport. We are very unique. All sizes can play our game and yet we’ve got people going around trying to change our game…..I don’t understand that.’