England might be struggling ahead of their upcoming series against Australia, but their head coach, Eddie Jones, believes they will become a special side if they come out on top in their three Tests against the Wallabies.
After an indifferent Six Nations campaign, in which they finished third, Jones is under pressure, especially after suffering a 52-21 defeat against the Barbarians at Twickenham last Sunday.
Unbeaten record against Australia
The last time England visited Australia in 2016, Jones led his team to a 3-0 series whitewash and the coach heads into the upcoming Tests with an impressive 8-0 win record against the Wallabies as the Red Rose’s boss.
It will be difficult to retain that unbeaten record against the current Wallabies side, but Jones is urging his players to seize the upcoming opportunity.
“Australia is a place where you can become a special team,” Jones told reporters.
“You just look at the record between Australian and English sporting teams.
“We’ve got 10 blokes here who have done it before, being the only English rugby team to win in Australia.
“You find out a lot about the players. And for the players, it’s a great opportunity for them to be part of something special.”
The 62-year-old believes it’s important for his team to take the fight to Australia.
“We’re going to have to be really aggressive against the Aussies, because they come at you,” he added.
He also downplayed his unbeaten record as coach against the Wallabies.
“It doesn’t give me any pleasure and I never reflect on it,” he said.
“We don’t start with any advantage. It’s not like the Stawell Gift where we get a 20-metre head start on the opposition because of the record.
“We’ve got good players in our team. We’ve been able to play a style of rugby that probably doesn’t suit Australia, and counteract their strengths.
“Australian rugby is traditionally attacking, they like to move the ball, there’s a lot of lateral ball movement.
“We’ve been able to counter that, and then find ways to score points against them.”
Jones expects the Wallabies to continue with their expansive game plan.
“I’m sure Australia won’t be encouraging too many lineouts in the game,” he said.
“Their general pattern against us is that they don’t kick out, they kick in.
“And with Nic White potentially at nine and Quade Cooper at 10, they might continually play that long kicking game.”