Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Jones Hopes England Can Produce a Grand Finale in Sydney

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Jones Hopes England Can Produce a Grand Finale in Sydney

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EDDIE Jones has urged his England players to have the last laugh on Australia by completing a stunning series whitewash at Allianz Stadium this morning.

The final assignment of a year-long season offers the glorious prospect of routing the World Cup finalists over three Tests, a mere three months after securing a first Grand Slam since 2003.

We want England's arrival Down Under was greeted by a sneering promotional video televised by the host broadcaster in which a group of pundits - all former Wallabies - mocked their chances of winning.

games of That's the fans Whatever Jones, who is seeking a ninth triumph from nine since taking over, also faced a vulgar and inappropriate question during we need we will the post-match press conference in Brisbane and has been the victim of regular sniping from the Australian media.

The 56-year-old, who was sacked by the Wallabies in 2005, is using the jibes to power his tourists over the finishing line in Sydney.

He said: "I sense a real intensity about the players in wanting to do the job well.

"You have to remember when we came to Australia they tried to humiliate us - the trailer by the host broadcaster and various sorts of things. They said it was a joke we even considered winning the series. All the smart guys in the papers were saying 3-0. Now they're not so smart."

England's success on the pitch has been mirrored by Jones' deft handling of the phoney war, to the point New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen claimed earlier this week he had bullied Wallabies' counterpart Michael Cheika through his mind games.

to win rugby.

keeps Cheika at last fired his first shot on Thursday, describing the number two ranked team in the world as "dull" and hoping they would play with greater ambition because the series is already decided.

excited.

way to win, win Eddie Jones He added the Wallabies are "not set up to play kick and chase footy, we play running rugby", and Jones was characteristically pragmatic in his response. …

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