England coach Eddie Jones starts the mind games with cheeky jibe at Australia

Saturday's autumn showdown between England and Australia was always a personal one for Eddie Jones, who took each team to runner-up finishes at Rugby World Cups staged 16 years apart.

Jones, 61, was at the Australia helm when they placed second to Sir Clive Woodward 's England on home soil in 2003, but he now finds himself in opposition dug-out ahead of their Twickenham Test.

It's a matchup in which he's well-versed, having beaten the Wallabies seven times in as many meetings since he took over as England head coach in late 2015.

The odds appear to be in favour of the London hosts following last Saturday's 69-3 decimation of Tonga, not to mention Australia coach Dave Rennie is dealing with numerous key absences among his squad.

Nonetheless, Jones couldn't resist the urge to stoke the flames before taking on his birth nation, assured his Australian roots grant him key insight into the opposition's psyche.

"Australians have a bit of an inferiority complex against the English and I understand it," he told reporters on Thursday. "The country started from convicts being sent down there. We've always looked up at England as the mother country.

"I remember as a kid, we would stand around for the anthem and it was God Save The Queen. We were the smaller country of England so when we played them in sport, it was an opportunity to prove we were not the smaller country.

"I know as an Australian — and it's probably hard for the English to understand — what an important game this is for Australia. It doesn't matter whether it's the Olympics, Test cricket, rugby league. This is the game that defines their season."

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Jones has already inspired England's best-ever streak of wins in this fixture, almost instantly changing their fortunes after the Wallabies helped dump the 2015 Rugby World Cup hosts out in the pool stage.

His side triumphed 40-16 when these teams last met in the quarter-finals of the 2019 tournament in Japan, the third straight encounter in which England have won by a gap of at least 19 points.

Rennie's men will be smarting after a 15-13 loss to Scotland in Edinburgh on Sunday, a fact of which Jones was only too happy to remind his old team.

"As much as they would have liked to win the game at Murrayfield, this is the game they have targeted," he continued. "We understand how important it is to them. Just because the game's gone professional, don't assume that those long-term rivalries have lessened in importance."

As well as key backs Quade Cooper, Samu Kerevi and Marika Koroibete, Australia are also without props Allan Alaalatoa and Taniela Tupou due to concussions suffered in Edinburgh.

That's led to London Irish prop Ollie Hoskins being called up for a potential debut off the bench, while Kurtley Beale is in place to make his first Australia start since that 2019 defeat to t.he Red Rose

England, meanwhile, will start Marcus Smith and Owen Farrell together for the first time, while Manu Tuilagi will feature on the wing after the coach prioritised fielding his strongest XV, not necessarily in their natural positions.

The result at Murrayfield brought an end to the team's five-win streak, a mark they had not previously hit under Rennie, but Jones remained wary of their threat travelling to Twickenham.

"The Australian side have had a great run recently, they won five Tests in a row and have played some really good rugby under Dave Rennie," he added. "A number of the staff who have worked with me are on his staff, so they will be very well prepared. This is the game they want."

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