“England have winning mentality” says Australia legend George Smith
Australia legend George Smith believes England could be on the verge of a first Test series win down under
The back-rower thinks Eddie Jones’ teams winning mentality could help them make history this summer
England kick off their summer tour against the Wallabies in Brisbane on Saturday
England’s newfound “winning mentality” can help seal a first ever series triumph down under, says former Australia rugby icon George Smith.
The 35-year-old feels the Grand Slam victory plus the recent success of teams like Saracens will mean Eddie Jones’ side face Australia with confidence
“England are a form team generating a winning mentality,” revealed Smith.
“They are Grand Slam Champions and they’ve got players who were part of the(Saracens) Champions Cup winning team, while there were three English teams in the semi-finals of the Champions Cup.
“You win some games, and your confidence grows, you win some more and your confidence grows, and you become a team that feels invincible.”
But having won 111 caps in the Green and Gold, Smith has no doubt over where his loyalties lie ahead of the upcoming three-Test series.
“I’m supporting Australia, they’re my home country,” Smith told BBC Radio 5 live. “I’m looking forward to the series, and I’ll be there watching in Australia, and cheering the Aussies on.”
Smith will continue his illustrious playing career in Japan next season, but reflects with fondness on his year with Wasps.
“I’ve really enjoyed it this year,” he added. “It has exceeded my expectations.
“I’ve been given nice opportunities throughout the year, with Wasps and with the English players, so it’s been a very productive year. It’s been fantastic.”