Rugby News: Breaking News, Australia-England Series Game 3 Previews

Eddie Jones has questioned why the Wallabies were MIA for much of their three Test series and whether they are doing rugby in Australia a disservice.

Eddie Jones has dealt a blow to Wallabies rival Dave Rennie over his decision to base his squad on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast for the majority of the three Test series, resulting in less media coverage.

The England manager, who earlier this series bemoaned Rennie’s lack of desire to engage in a war of words and said it was like arguing with himself in the corner, returned to his hometown of Sydney this week with the crucial third game at the SCG on Saturday night.

“I’ve been disappointed with the media coverage, I try to catch the news every morning and it doesn’t say anything about rugby,” Jones said.

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“As someone who grew up watching rugby here, that’s disappointing. Rugby needs to be a strong sport and World Rugby needs Australia to be a strong rugby country.

“There’s always a struggle with NRL and AFL isn’t there, we know that.

“We need rugby to get a little more prominent.

“I think we’re doing our part, I went to a charity lunch today, went out tonight to coach the communities, we’re trying to build the game, a one-on-one decider.

“But the other team also has to make an effort.”

Jones had a war of words with former Wallabies coach Michael Cheika on his previous tour here in 2016 but was blown away by the straight bat Rennie played at press conferences.

“You can’t fight nothing,” Jones said ahead of the first Test in Perth.

“In 2016 we had Cheika here and there was a bit of nagging. It was good Australian sport. This time it feels like… I don’t know how it feels. i like a little fun If you’re sparring alone in a corner, it’s not much fun.”

The Wallabies arrived in Perth and Brisbane the night before each Test match and have done the same for this game in Sydney.

They make their press conferences available to the media via Zoom. As part of an agreement with traveling English journalists, the English team did not conduct Zoom conferences.

Meanwhile, Jones – who said last week his mother reads the papers and fears he will be sacked over negative headlines – revealed her stern demand ahead of that decision.

“She said, ‘Don’t come to me until you win the game.’ So if we don’t win the game, she might not let me in,” Jones said.

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