Wallabies great Drew Mitchell is tipping coach Eddie Jones to make shock late changes to his Rugby World Cup squad.
Jones named his World Cup squad in Darwin on August 10 but teams have until August 28 to submit their final, official lists of 33 players.
The Wallabies were crushed 41-17 by France on Monday (AEST) in their last Test before their World Cup opener against Georgia on September 10 (AEST).
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“Knowing Eddie Jones and seeing some of his selections and the way that he does things, I would expect probably two to three changes,” Mitchell said on Nine’s Sports Sunday.
“I know it sounds crazy, that we’re on the eve of the World Cup, but I would expect a number of changes. There would be nothing worse than being one of those players to get a tap on the shoulder.”
The Wallabies are 0-5 in 2023 in Jones’ second coming as coach since ousting Dave Rennie in January.
Jones has been wildly unpredictable with his selections and watched Australia A beat World Cup pool rivals Portugal 30-17 in Paris on Sunday (AEST).
That team included the likes of Pete Samu, Bernard Foley, Tom Wright, James O’Connor, Lachie Swinton and Ned Hanigan.
“Giving a couple of guys an opportunity to state their final claims,” Mitchell said.
“I just think Eddie Jones has got another couple of little crafty moves up his sleeve.”
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