England coach Eddie Jones warns his players they must be ready for “offensive” Australian crowds as they make their way down to three test series against Wallabies
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Eddie Jones told his players to prepare for a hostile Down Under reception ahead of Tuesday’s flight to Australia.
During the 2016 tour, England’s arrival in Brisbane was overshadowed by Jones’ claims that he had been subjected to rough treatment by customs at the airport.
Hosting broadcasters, Stan Sports, have already released a video of Wallabies prop, Daniela Tupou, smashing English tea, and Jones is expecting more fun and games.
Eddie Jones told his players to get ready for a hostile reception from the Australian crowd
“This is the biggest tour for Australians,” he said. – I’m sure it’ll be fun. These are completely different conditions, really heavy flat tracks, aggressive crowds.
“Australians are in the face. The media will be noticeable to us. They are aggressive. It’s a really aggressive environment. During these tours you can learn a lot about your players and team and we missed that.
“I think they sold out every game. It will be huge. It will be fantastic for rugby. It will be fantastic for our team. Australia tour, three tests, sold out crowd, 65,000 in Perth, 55,000 in Brisbane, 45,000 in Sydney. You can’t think of a better experience against a good Australian team.
Jones feels his team will need to be ahead when they face Australia
England will begin their journey from Heathrow on Tuesday, although the team will be traveling on separate flights due to a lack of business class seats. Jones picked 10 veterans from the 2016 tour when they set off with their famous “Bodyline” approach that secured a clear victory.
“We have to pursue them,” Jones said. “We’re all going to follow them. Davie Rennie teams traditionally want to play on the front leg, so it will be the one to win with the front leg. It’s a good team.
“Their Super Rugby teams were doing better. They’re full of Brumbs, which is my old club, so there are some nice stories there.
One of the standout histories of the England national team is the return of the scrum-half Danny Care. The 35-year-old hasn’t started the test since 2018, and Jones believes the hard courts will suit his style.
Jones feels that the return of the scrum half, Danny Care, is suitable for playing on hard pitches