Jones vows to 'upset apple cart' in Oz

2016-05-23 07:30
Eddie Jones (Getty)

London - Eddie Jones promised England would "upset the apple cart" after naming their squad for next month's tour of his native Australia on Sunday.

"We are still a young squad with an average age of 24 so this will be a big learning experience," said Jones, Australia's coach when they lost the 2003 World Cup final to England in Sydney.

Jones became England's first overseas coach after the Wallabies dumped tournament hosts England out of last year's World Cup - a defeat that saw the Rugby Football Union sack Stuart Lancaster and bring the former Japan boss on board.

However, Jones said: "This will be the first time many of the players will have toured Australia so there's no historical baggage there and mentally we'll be in a good place off the back of the Six Nations."

England have yet to lose under Jones, their first overseas coach, after he guided his new side to a first Grand Slam in 13 years earlier this season.

Australia, after dumping out England, went all the way to last year's World Cup final before losing to New Zealand.

"To beat the Wallabies in Australia you have to play a physical, aggressive brand of rugby and that's what we intend to do," said Jones.

"We have to be in their faces from the first minute of the first Test."

He added: "But we are in no doubt of the challenge we face.

"England have only ever won three Tests in Australia and never won in Brisbane (the venue for the first Test on June 11), so it's a great opportunity for us to create new history.

"The Grand Slam was just the start of our journey. We're ranked fourth in the world and are still developing our identity."

"This tour will provide a good chance for us to measure up to the southern hemisphere and try to close that gap.

"Australia are the second-ranked team in the world and their coach (Michael Cheika) is the World Rugby coach of the year, so their supporters will expect a positive result from them. We will upset the apple cart."

The three-Test series has been given added spice by the fact that Jones and Cheika were once team-mates at leading Sydney club Randwick.

Owen Farrell and Manu Tuilagi were included in the tour squad despite both backs suffering injuries on club duty this weekend.

Leicester centre Tuilagi suffered a hamstring strain during the Tigers' 44-17 Premiership semi-final defeat by Saracens on Saturday.

"It's very much in the balance whether he goes on tour or not," said Jones at his tour announcement press conference in Brighton, on England's south coast.

"Hopefully by Monday afternoon or Tuesday morning we'll have a pretty firm decision."

The same semi-final saw Saracens star Farrell, England's Six Nations Grand Slam-winning goal-kicker, go off with a rib injury.

But he is expected to be fit to travel in a 32-man England squad that includes four uncapped players - Worcester centre Ben Te'o, Northampton backrow Teimana Harrison, Bristol prop Ellis Genge (currently on loan at Leicester) and Harlequins prop Kyle Sinckler.

"Knowing Owen it won't be a problem - he's probably training now," Jones said.

But there was no place for in-form Saracens wing Chris Ashton, who initially missed England's run to the Grand Slam through suspension, in a squad again captained by New Zealand-born hooker Dylan Hartley.

Sunday also saw Jones name a separate 26-man squad to play Wales at Twickenham on Sunday, May 29.

That squad does not include players from Saracens and Exeter, who will be contesting the Premiership final at Twickenham the day beforehand.

England squads announced Sunday for next month's three-Test tour of Australia and the one-off international against Wales at Twickenham on Sunday, May 29:

England 32-man squad for Australia:


Mike Brown (Harlequins), Danny Care (Harlequins), Elliot Daly (Wasps), Owen Farrell (Saracens) George Ford (Bath), Alex Goode (Saracens), Jonathan Joseph (Bath), Jack Nowell (Exeter), Henry Slade (Exeter), Ben Te’o (Worcester), Manu Tuilagi (Leicester), Anthony Watson (Bath), Marland Yarde (Harlequins), Ben Youngs (Leicester)


Dan Cole (Leicester), Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter), Jack Clifford (Harlequins), Ellis Genge (Bristol, on loan at Leicester), Jamie George (Saracens), Teimana Harrison (Northampton), Dylan Hartley (Northampton, capt), James Haskell (Wasps), Paul Hill (Northampton), Maro Itoje (Saracens), George Kruis (Saracens), Joe Launchbury (Wasps), Courtney Lawes (Northampton), Matt Mullan (Wasps), Chris Robshaw (Harlequins), Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins), Billy Vunipola (Saracens), Mako Vunipola (Saracens)


June 11: 1st Test, Brisbane

June 18: 2nd Test, Melbourne

June 25: 3rd Test, Sydney

England 26-man squad to play Wales at Twickenham on May 29:


Mike Brown (Harlequins), Luther Burrell, (Northampton), Danny Care (Harlequins), Elliot Daly (Wasps), Ollie Devoto (Exeter), George Ford (Bath), Jonathan Joseph (Bath), Manu Tuilagi (Leicester), Anthony Watson (Bath), Marland Yarde (Harlequins), Ben Youngs (Leicester)


Dave Attwood (Bath), Dan Cole (Leicester), Jack Clifford (Harlequins), Ellis Genge (Bristol on loan at Leicester), Dylan Hartley(Northampton), Teimana Harrison (Northampton), James Haskell (Wasps), Paul Hill (Northampton), Matt Kvesic (Gloucester), Joe Launchbury (Wasps), Courtney Lawes (Northampton), Matt Mullan (Wasps), Chris Robshaw (Harlequins), Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins), Tommy Taylor (Wasps)

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