England rugby coach Eddie Jones had barely stepped off the plane when he got his first taste of life as an opponent in Australia.
The former Wallabies coach arrived in Brisbane on Thursday ahead of the three-Test series against Australia and immediately had to have his bags checked by immigration.
It’s all part of what Jones believes is a well-orchestrated routine to make life as tough as possible for Australia’s opponents during tours.
“I just went through immigration and I got shunted through the area where everything got checked. That’s what I’m expecting mate,” Jones said.
“Everything that’s done around the game is going to be coordinated. All coordinated to help Australia win.
“We’ve got to be good enough to control what we can control.”
Jones and his team will spend the next few days recovering on the Gold Coast before beginning their preparations for the opening Test at Suncorp Stadium on June 11.
The series has been portrayed as a battle between Jones and Wallabies coach Michael Cheika given the pair share a good friendship outside rugby.
Jones says he’s been surprised by how quiet Cheika has been in the media, but fully expects that to change in the lead-up to the series opener.
He’s also keen to emphasise the media circus between the coaches has little to do with what will happen on the field.
“As he’s said and he’s 100 per cent right, it’s the two teams on the field,” Jones said.
“Australia are second in the world, they’ve got the best coach in the world, they’re playing in their own backyard, they’re going to be strong.
“Our record in Australia is three Tests since Captain Cook arrived, so it’s not a great record is it?”