Ex-Australia coach Robbie Deans warns Eddie Jones that England will find it ‘tough’ to win three-test series this summer and the Wallabies ‘won’t roll over’ – as Red Roses coach targets return to winning ways after poor Six Nations
- England won two games at the Six Nations for the second time running
- Yet Eddie Jones has been given backing until next year’s World Cup in France
- England travel Down Under to face Australia in a three-test series in July
- And ex-Wallabies coach Robbie Deans had some words of warning for Jones
Eddie Jones has been warned he must think outside the box and do something completely unexpected if his England team is to beat a revitalised Australia in their three-Test series in July.
Head coach Jones is under pressure as he prepares to head to the land of his birth after a poor Six Nations in which England won just two games for the second consecutive Championship.
The 62-year-old has nonetheless been given the backing of his Rugby Football Union bosses to lead the Red Rose to next year’s World Cup. The France tournament will be his last hurrah as boss.
Eddie Jones has been warned he must think outside the box if his England team is to beat a revitalised Australia in their three-Test series in July
Ex-Australia coach Robbie Deans (left) insists the Wallabies won’t roll over for England
With a little over a year till rugby’s global showpiece, Jones knows England must show tangible signs they are on the right track for France with the Wallabies their next opponents.
Asked if Jones has the required tricks up his sleeve to beat Australia in their own back yard, former Wallaby head coach Robbie Deans had a clear message for the England boss.
‘I hope so – he’ll need them,’ Deans said. ‘I just think to beat Australia in Australia is going to be tough. The French failed last year.
‘You could say that was down to them fielding their second or even third combination but it was still a good combination. This Australian team is lifting their ambitions.
‘They are getting better around the contact area and they’re not going to roll over.’
Former Wallaby head coach Deans had a clear message for the England boss (right)
New Zealander Deans spent six years as Australia head coach between 2007 and 2013 and departed after the Wallabies were beaten 2-1 in their Test series with the British & Irish Lions.
Since then he has been in charge of Saitama Panasonic Wild Knights who on Sunday beat Suntory Sungoliath 18-12 to claim the Japan Rugby League One title.
Jones has held a long-standing consultancy role with Suntory which has prompted criticism from those who think he should focus solely on his £800,000-a-year role with England.
‘There has to be some form of understanding and cohesion and that’s built up over time – that to be fair will be Eddie’s biggest challenge,’ said Deans.
England hammered the Aussies 40-16 in the 2019 World Cup quarter-finals in Japan
‘He’s got so many players to pick from and so many players that have distinct points of difference that settling on who he wants to start and who he puts into the mix will be his biggest challenge.’
Jones has never lost to Australia since taking charge of England with the Red Rose winning the last eight matches between the teams.
That run included a 40-16 hammering in the 2019 World Cup quarter-finals and a famous 3-0 series victory in the southern hemisphere in 2016.
But Australia’s class of 2022 will provide a stern test for Jones’ ‘new England’ with their Super Rugby sides showing signs of promise and key players who are based abroad now back available.
Marika Koroibete – who Deans coaches at the Wild Knights – plus Samu Kerevi and Quade Cooper are all likely to be in Dave Rennie’s Australia squad to face England.
‘You can only take so much punishment, particularly a proud sporting nation like Australia. They were always going to respond,’ Deans said.
‘They’ve exposed a lot of young players to Super Rugby. No Australian sportsman is going to stay down for long. They’re on the incline. They’ll be a challenge for England – no doubt about it.
‘Eddie will be looking at it and expecting to win but it won’t be straightforward.’
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