Today’s rugby news as Eddie Jones sends warning to Wales after war of words with pundit and teammates in hot water

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Here are the latest rugby headlines on Monday, September 18.

Eddie Jones: ‘Get ready for Wales’

Australia boss Eddie Jones has warned “get ready for Wales” with next weekend’s World Cup fixture between the two sides taking on new importance after Fiji’s shock win over the Wallabies to ensure it’s a three-horse race in Pool C to reach the knockouts.

Australia’s World Cup knock-out hopes were left hanging by a thread after a shock 22-15 loss to Fiji, which was “thoroughly deserved” according to under-pressure head coach Eddie Jones.

Former England boss Jones watched his second spell in charge of the Wallabies take another turn for the worse as Simione Kuruvoli kicked 14 points to inspire his country to a first victory over Australia since 1954.

Mark Nawaqanitawase and Lalakai Foketi crossed over for the two-time World Cup winners in Saint-Etienne but they suffered a sixth defeat in seven Tests under Jones’ stewardship.

Fiji’s triumph put them in the driving seat to qualify for the quarter-finals from Pool C with winnable fixtures to come against Georgia and Portugal, meaning Australia must beat Wales in Lyon next weekend to avoid a first ever World Cup group-stage exit.

Fiji had pushed Wales close in their first Pool C clash, losing narrowly by a 32-26 score and being left to rue centre Semi Radradra knocking on close to the try-line in the game’s last play.

Wallabies boss Jones said: “Thoroughly deserved victory for Fiji, they outplayed us, particularly around the ruck. They executed three times more turnovers than us, and in a close game like that, that’s the difference. For some reason we were just off today. If you look at the stats, we dominated. We scored two tries to one, but we were a poor version of ourselves today, so there’s a bit of soul-searching to do, but it makes the Wales game pretty important.

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