England’s Jack Nowell driven to prove point against Australia
Jack Nowell has backed England to overcome Australia and win series
Tough words from England head coach Eddie Jones has spurred on the Exeter Chiefs man
The winger was recalled by Jones to the starting line-up for the second test in Melbourne on Saturday: 11am kick-off
Jack Nowell says England will be “brutal” in their pursuit of completing a historic series triumph in the southern hemisphere against one of the sport’s superpowers.
“There was a bit of frustration, but more excitement to try and get myself involved,” the 23-year-old, who replaced Marland Yarde for the second test, told reporters in Australia.
“It was one of those silent things where I knew I had to go away and work on the things that he (Jones) said to do.
“Eddie saying I wasn’t sharp enough definitely gave me a bit of a kick up the backside to get my head down a bit more, work harder and try and get the shirt back.
“This week we’ve spoken a lot about being desperate again, doing anything to get the win and being brutal when we’re out there
“We want to be physical like we were last week but also tighten up our defence a bit as well.
“Australia are a dangerous side with ball in hand. We knew that before we came into the game. We’ve worked on the defensive side this week.”
Jones has also restored George Ford to the starting flyhalf role at the expense of inside centre Luther Burrell, who makes way for Owen Farrell’s move out from 10 to 12.
England, who have won three of their last four meetings with Australia, conclude their three-test tour in Sydney on June 25.