Eddie Jones embracing Australia hostilities

  • Eddie Jones expects life to be made as difficult as possible during their three-Test tour of Australia
  • Jones said he was “shunted” into the baggage check area by customs officials
  • “Everything that’s done around the game is going to be coordinated, all co-ordinated to help Australia win,” said the 56-year-old
Coach Eddie Jones hopes to improve England’s Test record Down Under but admits it will be tough to get the better of the Wallabies.

The Six Nations champions touched down in Australia on Thursday ahead of the three-Test series which starts on June 11 in Brisbane, although Jones was made to wait before stepping on to home soil after being selected for a bag check by customs officials.

Bag checks are common in Australia, but Jones is well known in his home nation.

“Everything that’s done around the game is going to be co-ordinated, all co-ordinated to help Australia win,” said the 56-year-old.

“Australia is second in the world [rankings], they have the best coach in the world, they’re playing in their own backyard so they’re going to be strong favourites on the tour.

“We’re going to be good enough to control what we can control and not worry about what we can’t control, and be prepared to play very physical and aggressive rugby.

“The first Test sets the tone for the rest of the series and we see that as an opportunity to put down a marker in that first Test.”

England have only ever won three of 17 Test matches against the Wallabies Down Under and Jones admits it will not be easy to improve on that record despite Michael Cheika’s side missing several key men for the series.

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