sport news Embattled Eddie Jones desperately needs England to continue their unbeaten run ... trends now

sport news Embattled Eddie Jones desperately needs England to continue their unbeaten run ... trends now
sport news Embattled Eddie Jones desperately needs England to continue their unbeaten run ... trends now

sport news Embattled Eddie Jones desperately needs England to continue their unbeaten run ... trends now

Eddie Jones will urge his team to salvage their season today by eclipsing the Wallabies yet again — in a city where there has been so much English sporting pain.

The national team’s Australian coach is a keen cricket fan and the short coach ride to Optus Stadium for this series opener will take him and his squad past the WACA, which was such a forbidding venue for England in the Ashes over the years. 

They lost eight in a row there before the famous old ground — renowned for pace and brutal bounce, and home of the revered and feared Dennis Lillee — stopped hosting Tests.

A ninth win in nine against Australia could give Eddie Jones' England a confidence boost

A ninth win in nine against Australia could give Eddie Jones' England a confidence boost 

England have dominated Australia of late

England have dominated Australia of late

That is the same number of times Jones’s side have beaten his compatriots, without losing once. Before his time, the only oval-ball clash between these fierce rivals in this western outpost went the way of the hosts as Quade Cooper led England a merry dance. 

The veteran playmaker is back at No 10 for the Wallabies, as he was in 2010, and the local hope is that his presence is a positive omen.

After a week of winter sun, the heat is on England. Jones has his back to the wall again after another dire Six Nations campaign followed by the rout at the hands of the Barbarians. There is a deja vu sense of being transported back to a similar scenario in 2018 — and what followed then was a 2-1 series defeat in South Africa.

It all feels so different to the last time England were here, riding the wave of a Grand Slam triumph on their way to a historic whitewash of the Wallabies. Jones knows he is under intense scrutiny, but insists that just comes with the territory.

England last lost to the Wallabies in the 2015 Rugby World Cup at Twickenham losing 33-12

Quade Cooper returns to the side in the hope he can inspire Australia to a rare victory

Quade Cooper returns to the side in the hope he can inspire Australia to a rare victory

‘Every international coach is under pressure,’ he said. ‘I’m under pressure because we’ve not had good enough results. Our expectations are high. The media’s expectations are high. Everyone’s expectations are high. That’s OK.

‘Every coach is under pressure. Dave (Rennie, Australia’s head coach) is under pressure, across the ditch (in New Zealand) they’re under pressure, I’m under pressure, but that’s part of the job that we like and we enjoy. We accept that pressure.’

It has been a low-key build-up to such a momentous encounter. Australia had been training thousands of miles away in Queensland until Thursday night. The stadium will be a long way short of

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