By Chris Foy for the Daily Mail
Published: 22:58 BST, 14 October 2019 | Updated: 22:58 BST, 14 October 2019
Michael Cheika was in full wind-up mode as the Wallabies head coach cast doubt on Eddie Jones's decision to invite an Australia rugby icon into the England camp this week.
With the countries preparing to collide in a World Cup quarter-final in Oita on Saturday, Cheika decided to light the fuse — and even used England football manager Gareth Southgate to help him do so.
When he was asked about Ricky Stuart, head coach of the Canberra Raiders rugby league team, joining up with the England squad here on the island of Kyushu, he revealed a surprise sporting alliance.
Michael Cheika (L) and Eddie Jones (R) will face each other on Saturday in Rugby World Cup
England coach Eddie Jones and Australia's Michael Cheika are former Randwick Rugby Club team-mates but have a history of trading barbs. Here are some of their greatest hits:
JONES, JUNE 2016 -
'It's all smoke from Cheika at the moment. He's boxing clever but I know there'll be no shock selections coming.'
CHEIKA, NOVEMBER 2016 -
'I wouldn't know him if I didn't play footy with him (at Randwick). We wouldn't have associated.'
CHEIKA, DECEMBER 2016 -
'He has always operated with a chip on his shoulder. Now there isn't a chip and things are going well, he's got to keep looking for one.'
JONES, NOVEMBER 2017 -
'Obviously Australia enjoy the media more than the referee. Cheika feels the referees haven't done a good job so possibly he should be taking that up with the