Eddie Jones bracing for aggressive Australian crowds after naming Test squad

Eddie Jones bracing for aggressive Australian crowds after naming Test squad

“The media are going to be in our face. They are aggressive. It is a really aggressive environment. You can learn so much about your players and your squad on those tours.

For Australians, it’s the biggest tour. I think they’ve sold out every game. It’s going to be huge. It’s going to be fantastic for rugby.”

Jones and Dylan Hartley holding the Cook Cup after a third win in Sydney in 2016.Credit:Getty

Asked about the Bodyline reference and whether there was going to be more of the same rhetoric this time around, Jones replied: “We’ll wait and see. We’ve got to go after them. We’ve got a whole intention of going after them. Davie Rennie’s sides traditionally want to play on the front foot, so it’s gonna be who wins the front foot.”

When England arrived in 2016, Jones complained about his treatment on arrival in Brisbane.

“I just went through immigration and I got shunted through the area where everything got checked,” Jones said. “That’s what I’m expecting.

“Everything that’s done around the game is going to be coordinated, all coordinated to help Australia win.”

However, when Jones was asked whether he was expecting anything similar at the airport when the team lands in Perth this week, he suggested he may have been economical with the truth.

“I’m sure we can make something up again,” Jones said.


In a charm offensive, Jones also praised the Australian team and said they would put up a good fight.

“You can’t think of a better experience with the blend of some really good senior players coming back to their best and some young guys coming through,” Jones said.

“What more could you ask for against a good Australian team?

“They’re a good team. Their Super Rugby sides have been doing better. They’re packed full of Brumbies, which is my old club, so there’s some nice stories out there.”

England squad for Australian tour

Forwards: Ollie Chessum, Luke Cowan-Dickie, Tom Curry, Charlie Ewels, Ellis Genge, Jamie George, Joe Heyes, Jonny Hill, Nick Isiekwe, Maro Itoje, Courtney Lawes, Lewis Ludlam, Bevan Rodd, Patrick Schickerling, Will Stuart, Sam Underhill, Billy Vunipola, Mako Vunipola, Jack Walker, Jack Willis.

Back: Henry Arundell (apprentice player), Danny Care, Joe Cokanasiga, Fraser Dingwall, Owen Farrell, Tommy Freeman, George Furbank, Will Joseph (apprentice player), Joe Marchant, Jonny May, Jack Nowell, Guy Porter, Harry Randall, Jack van Poortvliet , Marcus Smith, Freddie Steward.

Watch every match of the July Test Series on the Home of Rugby, Stan Sport. Kicks off Saturday, July 2 with Wallabies v England, New Zealand v Ireland, South Africa v Wales and Argentina v Scotland. All streaming ad-free, live and on demand only on Stan Sport.

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