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England manager Eddie Jones plays down talk of another Wallabies sweep

England manager Eddie Jones plays down talk of another Wallabies sweep

Eddie Jones brushes aside all talk of his English tourists earning a new record high on the Wallabies.

The Tasmanian coach, who orchestrated England’s first 3-0 shutout against Australia on the tour in 2016, could push his extraordinary record to 11 wins and no losses against the Wallabies in the July Tests.

Under his watch, England have won eight in a row, the most for either side in the game’s 113-year history.

Yet when asked to maintain his unbeaten record, Jones had none of it on Tuesday. “Aw, that’s up to you, not me,” he sighed.

He is more concerned with the trio of competitions in Perth, Brisbane and Sydney over successive weekends presenting very different challenges six years on in a game he says has become more stop-start – and certainly more intense. .

“Australia are in a different position to where they were in 2016,” he said.

“They were an established team coming out of a World Cup final where they did extremely well.

“If you look at Super Rugby teams at the moment, they are very young teams, a lot of good young players coming through.

“I’m not going to try and pick (Wallabies coach) Dave Rennie’s squad for him, but it looks like they’ll have a fairly young squad.

“They’ll be playing that traditional Dave Rennie-type rugby – lots of ball movement, sequences of play, so the challenge in the game will be different – ​​and obviously the game changes significantly.”

Watching the Super Rugby action from last weekend, Jones felt there were so many TMO stoppages that games became full of “more powerful and shorter blocks of intense periods of play”.

“We have to make sure we prepare well for this kind of rugby on fast pitches,” Jones said.

“The first game is in Perth, an AFL ground, very fast, you’re going to have 60,000 screaming Aussies there – they’ve already sold out the game, it’s fantastic for rugby.”

It’s been a big tour for Jones, who is now in check from two disappointing seasons in which England finished fifth and third in the Six Nations.

His three-day training camp in London with an extended squad of 36, which begins on Sunday, will feature Louis Lynagh, son of former Wallabies legend Michael, and England’s newest sensation Henry Arundell.

“Some players have played well in the last period. We want to look at them and see what they can bring to the table,” said Jones, who has now selected Lynagh in several of his squads without giving him his debut yet. international.

It is possible, however, that if Lynagh cancels the tour, the 21-year-old Harlequins winger could bow out in the England international against the Barbarians at Twickenham on June 19 before flying to England. Australia.

Jones has also selected England’s latest rugby wonderkid Henry Arundell, saying the Irish London full-back reminds him of Matt Giteau – and he hopes the youngster will show the same work ethic that helped make the Wallaby one of the greats rugby.

Jones quickly incorporated 19-year-old Arundell into his pre-Australia training squad.

And Jones revealed that in the London Irish full-back he immediately saw some of the same qualities that prompted him to make his debut at 20-year-old Giteau when he was in charge of the Wallabies in 2002.

“The reason I compared Arundell to Giteau is a similar story,” Jones told reporters on Tuesday.

“You get reports of young players, and where there’s smoke, there’s usually fire.

“I remember getting a report of seven on Giteau, what he could do, and then you go and watch him play. In five minutes you can usually figure out whether he’s got it or not, whether he’s got something wrong. special.”

Jones saw that ‘something special’ in Arundell when he watched him play for Irish against Wasps earlier this month, saying he was impressed with the way he reacted to an early handling error for a forward by then scoring a superb individual try.

“Giteau was the same,” Jones added. “I went to see him play as a half-back for his club, and within five minutes you could tell he had something about him.

“But then the hard part comes, when they have to work really hard, they have to not believe what people say about them, that they’re not kids, that they have to apply themselves to the task – and that’s where the real player comes in.”

That’s what Giteau did, making 103 appearances for the Wallabies over a 14-year span.

Arundell’s first selection from the side opened up the possibility of him being a bolter for the Three Test tour in July after scoring 11 tries in 15 appearances for the Irish and England U20s this season.

“Obviously there’s been quite a bit of publicity about the young boy, but we’ll just wait and see,” Jones said.

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