Wallabies v England June 2016 Test series: Eddie Jones says world will take notice if England win

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Eddie Jones expects the Wallabies to be “absolutely breathing fire” in a heated exchange come Saturday night in the first Test in Brisbane – and believes that if England can orchestrate an upset, the whole world will sit up and take notice.

It was a strange sight to see the former Wallaby mentor name an England side to take on his country of his birth, but the dedication he has shown to his adopted nation cannot be underestimated.

Jones says Australia are 18 months ahead of England at the moment and he again heaped pressure on Michael Cheika by restating his opinion that his former Randwick teammate is the best coach in the world.

To counteract Australia’s advantages, particularly in the back row, Jones says England will happily employ their “Bodyline rugby” tactics in a bid to do something no England team has ever done: win a series in Australia.

“It’s a figure of speech – the whole thing is we’ve got to do something different here,” Jones said. “We can’t do what’s been done for previous English teams, we’ve got to have a different mindset. We’ve got to have a different way of how we play the game against Australia. To change history, we’ve got that opportunity on Saturday night.”

Jones says the first scrum on Saturday “is going to be fun” – a sign that England are predicting a brutal Australian onslaught.

But the tourists are adamant they will put in a better showing than the evening at Twickenham where they were thumped 33-13 by the Wallabies at the World Cup.

“It [beating Australia] would be really massive. It would make everyone in the world stand up and say: ‘Well maybe England are doing something different now’,” Jones said.

“The game’s going to go to a different level on Saturday night. Australia is going to be absolutely rampant. This is the first Test they’ve played with expectations on them and knowing Cheik – and this may be one of the advantages we have – we know what their team is going to come out and do. We know they’re going to be absolutely breathing fire.

“Australia are by far the best side we’re going to have played and we’ll find out where we’re at. Here goes, let’s swing the bat and see how we go.”

Jones has been asked constantly in the weeks leading up to the series about Australia’s formations and strengths but now he is dead-batting such questions about the new enemy, insisting he is solely focused on the task at hand.

“We’re just worried about what we’re going to do and we’re going to play Bodyline rugby and we’ll see how it translates on Saturday night,” Jones said. “Some of our players will grow, but there could be one or two that shrink.

“Every good English side I’ve seen whether it be cricket or in rugby have come out and wanted to smash people.”

England match-day 23 to face Australia

15. Mike Brown (vice captain, Harlequins, 49 caps)

14. Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby, 21 caps)

13. Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby, 22 caps)

12. Luther Burrell (Northampton Saints, 14 caps)

11. Marland Yarde (Harlequins, 8 caps)

10. Owen Farrell (vice captain, Saracens, 40 caps)

9. Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 58 caps)

1. Mako Vunipola (Saracens, 32 caps)

2. Dylan Hartley (captain, Northampton Saints, 72 caps)

3. Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers, 62 caps)

4. Maro Itoje (Saracens, 4 caps)

5. George Kruis (Saracens, 15 caps)

6. Chris Robshaw (Harlequins, 48 caps)

7. James Haskell (Wasps, 68 caps)

8. Billy Vunipola (vice captain, Saracens, 26 caps)

Replacements

16. Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs, 3 caps)

17. Matt Mullan (Wasps 10 caps)

18. Paul Hill (Northampton Saints, 2 cap)

19. Joe Launchbury (Wasps, 32 caps)

20. Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints, 46 caps)

21. Danny Care (Harlequins, 59 caps)

22. George Ford (Bath Rugby, 23 caps)

23. Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs, 15 caps)

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