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    30 May 2023

    Barbarians Triumph over World XV in Killik Cup as Eddie Jones Makes a Winning Comeback, Israel Folau Faces Booing from Crowd

    Israel Folau jeered at Twickenham after scoring for World XV

    Former England coach Eddie Jones made a successful return to Twickenham with the Barbarians, winning in a thrilling contest that ended 48-42. Despite their efforts, Israel Folau was booed by parts of the audience when he crossed and scored one of fourteen tries.

    Rugby Australia Sacking Controversy

    The Rugby Football Union (RFU) flew a Pride flag as recognition of its commitment towards inclusivity. In 2019, Rugby Australia sacked Folau over his homophobic comments on social media which sparked debates within the rugby community.

    Folau’s recent performance on-field was not enough to overshadow his past behaviour off-field. His actions caused an uproar among some spectators who believe that sportsmen should maintain high standards both on and off stage.

    Eddie Jones’ Welcome Return To Twickenham

    Eddie Jones returned to the place he called home for seven years until he was sacked in December following England’s autumn campaign – five wins in twelve games in 2022. However, Jones received a warm welcome back as he led his team through the stadium gates. The loudest cheer from fans came when Alun Wyn missed out on converting with the final kick of the game; it fell short by several yards!

    The Match Summary

    • Sebastian Negri put World XV ahead with the first of three converted tries inside 18 minutes.
    • Adam Radwan scored Barbarians’ first try through a 10-man shove from a line-out.
    • Tevita Li, Seta Tamanivalu and Stephan Lewies followed suit with scores that displayed teamwork at its finest.
    • Gareth Anscombe galloped over from 30 metres before half-time as Barbarians continued to dominate. For their part, World XV never gave up despite the mounting challenge.

    Sam Johnson scored twice either side of Bryn Hall’s effort, pushing Barbarians ahead by eight points; Nkosi got his second try for World XV but it was too little too late. Barbarians captain Alun Wyn Jones opted against wearing Ospreys socks – as is tradition with the invitational side – instead choosing to wear his boyhood club Bonymaen’s black and red colours on this occasion. Though he has retired from Test rugby speaking about his future career plans remains unclear.

    The Final Outcome

    Seta Tamanivalu went over direct from penalty for winning score handing Eddie Jones an opportunity at goal which could have easily tied up the game however even with raucous support behind him Wales lock missed wide right meaning that fans had something extra to cheer about after all in what was a fantastic game!

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