England acquire unlikely admirers Down Under

  • Australia’s World Cup-winning coaches Bob Dwyer and Rod Macqueen have praised England
  • Dwyer had called out Dan Cole for what he believed to be illegal scrimmaging following the first Test
  • Eddie Jones side could complete a 3-0 series victory against the Wallabies on Saturday
Egland have acquired some unlikely admirers. Australia’s World Cup-winning coaches Bob Dwyer and Rod Macqueen have praised the performance of Eddie Jones’ team Down Under.

Dwyer was unequivocal in his assessment of the series, telling ESPN: “England have been the dominant team.”



He added: “England have been better at the fundamentals of the game across the two Tests. Though there wasn’t a significant dominance in the set plays, England were better there in the scrum, lineout and in their realignment in support play.

“There are only marginal differences between the two sides, but they all add to England being the better team. England will be chasing 3-0 this weekend and that’s a big, big statement.”



Maqueen meanwhile has been impressed by the manner in which Jones has turned them into a formidable side, hailing his successor as Australia coach as “the ultimate, professional coach”.

“It’s been a very interesting series,” Macqueen told ESPN. “The Australians will look back and see this as a monumental scenario where you become the first team to lose a series to England on home soil.

“It’s a significant issue for Australia. The series has been good for rugby as we’ve seen different tactics; we’ve seen two teams going full on at each other. It’s been good for the game.”

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