Rugby: Eddie Jones treated like a convict on Aussie return

England coach Eddie Jones. Photo / Getty Images
England coach Eddie Jones. Photo / Getty Images

Australia's airport immigration department does have a sense of humour after they stopped Eddie Jones at Brisbane Airport today like a convict on the way to the colonies.

Even Aussie Eddie - now England's new rugby supremo - saw some mild humour in how the worm has turned from a rails run through customs in his former life as Wallabies boss and his new one as the rugby enemy.

Jones loves a conspiracy theory and that single act was the perfect example of the obstructions he expects at every turn on this much-anticipated three-test tour of Australia.

"Everything that's done around the game is going to be co-ordinated, all co-ordinated to help Australia win," Jones said.

"I just went through immigration and I got shunted through the area where everything got checked. That's what I'm expecting, mate."

He expected the media buzz around the bumper first test at Brisbane's Suncorp Stadium on Saturday week to include some playful banter with friend and Wallabies coach Michael Cheika but also an orchestrated campaign to try to rattle the tourists.

"That always happens. You guys should know ... you're part of it," Jones said with a slight grin to the greying hacks and newbies in the small pack that arrived before 7am.

"It's very well done here.

"We've got to be good enough to control what we can control and get on with playing a very aggressive game against a very physical Australian side."

Jones's team will be based on the Gold Coast out of mainstream view until next week when the plan is to redress the team's poor record in Australia where they haven't won a Test over the Wallabies since the 2003 World Cup final.

"Australia are ranked second in the world, they've got the best coach in the world and they're playing in their own backyard so they are going to be strong," Jones said.

The engaging Jones has always liked the convict, First Fleet, early explorers analogies.

"In Australia, we've won three tests since Captain Cook arrived, so it's not a great record is it?," he said.

Jones has guided England to six straight wins, a Six Nations crown and fresh respect since injecting his brand of discipline, clear thinking and shrewd game-planning after England's disastrous exit in the pool stages of their own World Cup last October.

"They will be well drilled, focused on discipline ... those are some of the things he brings," Wallabies backrower David Pocock said.

Jones has also brought with him Queensland's former State of Origin player Ben Te'o who was in the air when the Maroons opened a new series with a 6-4 win in Sydney on Wednesday night.

Te'o is tough, hard-running, off-loading material at inside centre after his breakout performances at inside centre for Irish club Leinster and will get his chance to press his England chances in training on the Gold Coast.

It'll be a super series from the kick-off on June 11 but now is the time for the fun of the phony war.

- news.com.au

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