Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Jones Labels Demeaning Treatment by Aussies 'Disgusting'

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Jones Labels Demeaning Treatment by Aussies 'Disgusting'

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EDDIE Jones has reacted with fury to the "demeaning, disrespectful and disgusting" treatment of England in Australia. While the players enjoyed measured celebrations after their 39-28 win in Brisbane, knowing one more victory would seal an historic series triumph, Jones braced himself for hostility "coming at us left, right and centre".

The Australian objected to a vulgar and inappropriate question laced with sexual innuendo asked by former Wallabies flanker Steve Hoiles at the post-match press conference and is incensed by a sneering television advert.

In the trailer shown repeatedly in the build-up to the first Test, pundits including Tim Horan and Phil Kearns mockingly highlighted past English failures and declared a successful series for the World Cup finalists a foregone conclusion.

England responded with a stirring comeback victory at Suncorp Stadium, in the process posting their highest points total in the southern hemisphere, and Jones insists the taunts will only further motivate his tourists in the potentiallydecisive second instalment in Melbourne.

"You've seen the promotions... and the kind of questions we get," Jones said. "It's quite demeaning and disrespectful to the team, so we're not going to let this opportunity pass.

"Without a doubt we've been disrespected. You get that sort of ridiculous question from Hoiles.

"The team has been disrespected. I'm not worried about myself, I can handle myself. Don't worry about that. I don't talk about it to the team. We talk about rugby."

Former Australia hooker Kearns branded Jones "fanatical" last week and claimed any success England enjoy under his guidance will be short term only.

"I'm sure they are all going to be lining up this week. There has been a row of ex-Wallabies so far - you've had Hoiles, you've had Simon Poidevin and you've had Kearns.

"David Campese has got to be somewhere. He's coming for sure. I can see next week something is going to happen.

"It's not important for us to earn respect, it's important for us to win. That's the only thing. This is about us, not about Australia.

"We want the England team to be strong, we want to play good rugby and to do that, it's about us. …

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