Rugby

'First Test crucial to series win' - Jones

2016-06-06 22:29
Eddie Jones (Getty)

Cape Town - England boss Eddie Jones believes the outcome of Saturday's Test in Brisbane will be crucial if they want to secure a series win over Australia.

Although Jones wouldn't write off England's chances in the series, if they lose the opening Test, he highlighted how important it is to start off with a victory in the three-Test series' opener.

"We have to win the first one - that's what the series is about, the first Test," he told Press Association Sport.

"There are two Tests to go after that, but the first is going to set up one side to win the series and you want to be the side that wins the series.

"We want to win the first Test and if we do that we put ourselves in positions to do all sorts of things and that's our target.

"We don't have any excuses. We've come here to put our best foot forward and if we're good enough we're going to win. If it's not good enough we'll go back home and we'll learn."

The former Australia and Japan coach has said he wants his players to adopt a 'Bodyline' approach against the Wallabies. This is a reference to the aggressive bowling tactics used by England's cricket team during their Ashes-winning tour to Australia in 1932/33.

"The players realise they have got to do something different," added Jones.

"To create history - and that's what we are trying to do - we have to do something different.

"Christopher Columbus didn't discover America by swimming in his own back yard. He had to get in a boat and leave and not see anything. That's exactly what we have to do.

"We are in a position where we have to do something no other side has done and to do that we have to do things differently."

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