Eddie Jones has declared he will bring an ‘arrogant’ England to Australia.
Throughout the Six Nations, we very quickly learned how Eddie Jones likes to get one over on his opponents before the battle on the pitch gets underway.
The England coach engaged in psychological games ahead of every fixture, whether it was labelling Scotland as favourites before England’s first game, highlighting the series of concussions suffered by Johnny Sexton, or promising not to speak to the media in the lead up his side’s game with Wales.
While Jones’ big mouth brought much controversy, it also took much of the pressure off his team as the glare of the media was focused on the coach.
Indeed it would seem that Jones is set to continue in this vein, claiming in the Sydney Morning Herald that some of the games in this season’s Super Rugby championship put him to sleep.
However the England coach kept his best jibe for the CEO of the Australian Rugby Union, Bill Pulver, who Jones claimed “might have to give me a commission” for making the series interesting and attracting a larger audience. Jones even had the cheek to also remark “he needs some money down there, hey?”
Given that Michael Cheika is also fond of engaging in similar pre game tactics, the lead up the three test series could be as interesting as the events on the field.
Alan Drumm, Pundit Arena.
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