Rugby World Cup: Eddie Jones backs youthful Wallabies side to win 2023, 2027 tournaments

Despite naming a side containing 25 World Cup debutants, Eddie Jones believes his Wallabies side is capable of winning not just this year's Rugby World Cup - but the next one in 2027 also.

On Thursday, Jones named a youth-laden 33-man squad to head to France, notably leaving out former captain Michael Hooper and experienced first-five Quade Cooper.

Lock Will Skelton has been named co-captain, as the fifth different player to lead Australia in the last 12 months. Tate McDermott will lead alongside Skelton. 

Eddie Jones.
Eddie Jones. Photo credit: Getty Images

Hooper, along with props James Slipper and Allan Alaalatoa have also captained the Wallabies dating back to last year.

Backing youth is a calculated gamble from Jones. After replacing Dave Rennie - who was sacked at the start of 2023 - the 63-year-old signed a five-year contract to take charge of the Wallabies.

That contract will come to an end after the 2027 tournament - hosted by Australia.

The home World Cup has undoubtedly played a huge part in Jones' selection for France 2023, with the bulk of the squad made up of players aged 26 or under.

Furthermore, only five of the selected 33 are aged over 30, with Jones backing his youthful core to cement a solid future for the game across the Tasman.

And ever one to put his money where his mouth is, Jones asserts the current Wallabies squad will contend not just in France, but also in four years' time. 

"This squad is good enough to win this World Cup and possibly go on to win the next World Cup," said Jones. "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.

"If we don't then it will be a failure. But there are other ways to be successful.

"If we come back and if everyone in Australia is talking about how good the Wallabies were at the World Cup, and how excited they were about watching them play, then we will have had some success." 

The Wallabies open their tournament against Georgia in Paris on September 10 (NZ time), and also face Wales, Fiji, and Portugal in pool play before a prospective quarter-final.