Twickenham - Coach Eddie Jones has warned England to be wary
of his native Australia when they face a Wallaby side coached by
"street-fighter" Michael Cheika in their final international of the
England have won just five of their 11 Tests in 2018 and the
Wallabies a mere four out of 12 heading into their showdown at Twickenham on
As a result, the positions of the two coaches, who played
rugby together at Sydney club Randwick, have been called into question, with
Cheika facing some particularly strident calls to quit ahead of next year's
"Cheiks, he's my old mate, he's always at his best when
they (Australia) are under pressure," said Jones.
"He loves that, he's a street-fighter, so it does make
them dangerous but at the same time we've had a tough year too and we don't
mind a scrap either, so it should be a good scrap."
Success on Saturday would mean England had won three of
their four Tests this month after launching their November campaign with a
12-11 victory over South Africa.
Jones and Cheika head into their latest reunion on the back
of victories, with England coming from behind to defeat 2019 World Cup hosts
Japan 35-15 on Saturday, when Australia beat Italy 26-7 in Padua.
Jones, Australia's coach when they lost the 2003 World Cup
final to England, has won all five of his Tests against the Wallabies since
taking charge of the Red Rose following their first-round exit on home soil at
the 2015 World Cup.
But he played down any talk of an England edge over Cheika's
men, saying: "All I know is they had a good win (against Italy) and
they'll be ready for the battle. I think they understand where we're strong and
we understand where they're strong."
Jones made 11 changes to his side for the Japan game, which
came a week after England's agonising 16-15 home loss to world champions New
England were largely outplayed for most of a first half that
saw Japan lead 15-10 at the break following tries for Ryoto Nakamura and
captain Michael Leitch.
At that stage, Japan were threatening an upset to rank
alongside their 34-32 victory over South Africa, achieved when Jones was their
coach, at the 2015 World Cup.
But Jones was glad to learn some lessons about England's
squad depth ahead of next year's edition.
"We picked an experimental team, purposefully, to be
tested and we got tested," he explained.
"Then we needed to respond and the response was
"The worst result for us would have been to go out
there and win 70-0, because we'd have learnt nothing; absolutely nothing,"
England were a transformed side after Owen Farrell came off
the bench at half-time.
But Jones denied there was anything concerning about
England's reliance on the Saracens playmaker.
"Well, if I was Japan and I had Michael Leitch off the
field, I'd be a bit worried too," he said.
"If I was us with Owen Farrell off the field, I'd be a
bit worried. If I was Ireland with (Jonathan) Sexton off the field, I'd be a
"Do you want me to keep going? He's an influential
player. Of course he's important to us."