Eddie Jones believes the best win of his unblemished England tenure will de delivered against Australia as he began landing early verbal blows ahead of Saturday’s showdown at Twickenham.
As the dust was still settling on a stirring 27-14 victory over Argentina in which Elliot Daly was sent off in the fifth minute, Jones immediately turned his attention to staging a fourth successive victory over the Wallabies.
England’s head coach highlighted their frailty at the scrum and is to request a meeting with referee Jaco Peyper to ensure it is officiated properly, and also resumed hostilities with the Australian media.
“We are looking forward to the game next weekend. The best win is to come – Australia will be the best win,” Jones said.
“All we want to do is beat Australia next week, that’s all we want to do. And then beat them next year and the year after that.
“It’s going to be a bit of fun because the Australian media last June was very disrespectful to us. I’m sure they are going to be at it again, so we’ve got to be prepared for that.
“I’m also very keen to have a chat to the referee about the Australian scrummaging. They have got some issues with the way that they scrum so we need to have a meeting with the referee.
“We will invite the Australian coaching staff to come along and will submit an agenda and make sure that everything is above board.
“They were penalised four times in a row against France so they have got some technical issues. I am not going to sort them out for them.”
The first Wallaby to respond to Jones’ mind games has been flanker Dean Mumm, who was in action when Australia’s aspirations of completing a Grand Slam tour of Europe ended with a 27-24 defeat to Ireland in Dublin on Saturday.
“I’m sure Eddie’s up to his regular tricks, but I will try not to make myself aware of it really because it’s irrelevant to what we want to do next week,” Mumm said.
“We’re not going out there and playing Eddie Jones, we’re going out there and playing England and there’s a whole 23 of them willing to stop us so we’ve got a big job on our hands.”
England will equal the record 14th successive Test wins set during the era of Sir Clive Woodward if they topple Australia,.