Eddie Jones: England coach says Wallabies ‘more organised’ under Dave Rennie

David Skippers

Eddie Jones has praised Dave Rennie ahead of Saturday’s second Australia v England Test, saying his counterpart has made the Wallabies “more organised” than the teams which he beat on a regular basis under his predecessor Michael Cheika.

Jones’ England teams dominated the fixture between 2016 and 2021, winning seven Tests in a row against Australia while Cheika was in charge until 2019 and they also beat Rennie’s Wallabies at Twickenham last year.

Sweet revenge

However, Rennie gained revenge with last weekend’s 30-28 triumph over England in the first Test in Perth.

That result has turned up the pressure on Australian Jones, although he didn’t show it and was full of praise for Rennie.

“The Wallabies are definitely more organised. Cheika’s teams played with a lot of aggression, a lot of passion,” he told reporters.

“But, as a coach from Randwick, it’s generally more individual, less organised team (patterns).

“The Kiwi coaches tend to be better organised and they tend to play certain patterns and you see that with the Australian side now.”

On Thursday, Jones met with Irish referee Andrew Brace, who will take charge of Saturday’s second Test against the Wallabies in Brisbane, and expects the clash to be officiated differently to the way New Zealander James Doleman handled the first match.

“We have a different ref on Saturday who will referee differently. We are prepared for that,” said Jones.

“We had a chat with him. It’s obvious he’s going to referee differently. He likes a lot more contest so it will be a hard-fought area.”

Jones has recalled Sam Underhill at openside flanker after Tom Curry was ruled out of the series due to concussion. Underhill’s return means England will have a big defensive presence and they will be competitive at the breakdown.

Jones said that with the Wallabies’ superb second-half performance in Perth, they certainly ended England’s six-year superiority complex over them.

“We didn’t get any set-piece dominance against them and, to dent the Australian psyche when they are playing England, getting some will make a hell of a difference,” he said.

Physicality important

Physicality is a big reason for that dominance. That is partly why Leicester Tigers’ ex-Sydney University centre Guy Porter is making his Test debut for England his weekend.

“He plays a good physical game and against the Australian backs we need to be physical,” said Jones.

“Porter plays with a lot of punch, he takes the line on and gets between defenders as well. The way Australia defends you have to be able to do that.”

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