Jones: 'Wallabies will come back stronger'

  • Eddie Jones is ready for Wallaby backlash
  • Jones insists England must improve

England Head Coach Eddie Jones expects the Wallabies to ‘bounce back’ from their defeat in the opening Test against on Saturday.

England beat Australia 39-28 in the first match of a three-Test series over the weekend and Jones insists that the Wallabies will come back stronger.

“History shows in the professional era that the Wallabies have never lost a second Test,” said Jones. “They won in the 2001 Lions Test series and again in the 2013 Lions series, the Wallabies always bounce back well.”

If England win their second Test on Saturday it will be their first-ever Test series win against the Wallabies in Australia and Jones has put the onus on England’s preparation.

“All we’re worried about is preparing well, we’ve got a nicely settled side and we’ll have a good week’s preparation," he said,

"We’ve got 32 fit players competing for 23 spots and the Wallabies have got a few things they need to respond to.

“I’m sure Michael Cheika would have been very happy with the effort the team put in at the weekend, but there are areas of the game they’ll need to look at and improve.”

Although England recorded a record score against the Wallabies making 36 more tackles and equaling their number of turnovers, Jones still believes England need to improve for the second Test match.

“We need to improve our defence and we need to improve our breakdown work, they’re the two key areas for us,” he added.

It was announced on Sunday that Wallaby No 8 David Pocock (pictured) had suffered a fractured eye socket and could miss the rest of the Test series.

“He’s certainly a good player Pocock, and I wish him all the best and a speedy recovery," said Jones, "It’s just I hope he doesn’t recover in time for Saturday."


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