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Eddie Jones accuses Wallabies Michael Cheika of lacking of respect

England head coach Eddie Jones has accused Australia’s head coach Michael Cheika of showing a lack of respect.

The Aussie accused his fellow countryman by trying to influence Saturday’s referee, Ben O’Keeffe, through the media.


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Jones was reacting to allegations by Cheika that England will “bully” the Wallabies on Saturday and that they specifically look to target their half-backs with late hits.

“Obviously [Australia] like the media more than the referee,” said Jones.

“The referee is an intelligent guy and I’m sure he won’t be influenced by comments made in the press.


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“I have coached over 100 Tests and every Test I have had a meeting with the referee and it is a sign of respect that you want to know what he wants from the game and what we want and it is a mutual exchange of information for the benefit of the game.”

Asked about Cheika’s claims England have targeted Australia’s half-backs during their four-match winning run against the Wallabies, Jones added: “We’ve played four games against Australia, there have been great referees in each of those four games.

“We play by the rules and are happy to stand by that. [Cheika] obviously feels the referees haven’t done a good job so possibly he should be taking that up with the refere, not the media.”

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