Cheika goads Jones over his ‘weird’ guest at Eng­land camp

Aus­tralian ex­pects coach Stu­art to un­set­tle squad Wal­la­bies chief: I avoid analysing op­po­nents

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in Tokyo Eng­land head coach Ed­die Jones’s An­tipodean hir­ings have in­cluded:

Scott Wise­man­tel At­tack coach

Ja­son Ryles De­fence coach

Dean Ben­ton Fit­ness and con­di­tion­ing coach

Glen Ella Backs coach

An­drew Johns Con­sul­tant

Warrick Har­ring­ton Per­for­mance an­a­lyst ways had the last word, hav­ing won all six of his en­coun­ters with Cheika’s Wal­la­bies.

At their train­ing camp in Odawara, Cheika yes­ter­day dis­missed that record as “ir­rel­e­vant”, adding: “Look­ing back­wards is only go­ing to give you a sore neck. We’ve got op­por­tu­ni­ties this week and we’ve got to take them. I am just a be­liever. Call me a sucker. I know there are other peo­ple who won’t give us a chance. But when you do be­lieve in your­self, you are much closer to be­ing able to cre­ate his­tory. That’s what we need to do; that’s what we want to do.”

Cheika mostly kept his pow­der dry in his dis­cus­sion of Jones, but could not re­sist a cou­ple of sly digs at his old ad­ver­sary, sug­gest­ing Eng­land got an “early heads up” on the can­cel­la­tion of their fix­ture against France that al­lowed them to move their train­ing base to Miyazaki. He also made a pointed ref­er­ence to wish­ing not to fea­ture in a movie or a book as Jones had done re­cently.

A de­tached Cheika also claims to have done no anal­y­sis on Eng­land, who won all three of the pool matches they were able to play. “Don’t re­ally have [an anal­y­sis], mate,” Cheika said. “Lots of re­spect but I’m not a big anal­yser of the op­po­si­tion. I’m al­ways telling my coaches not to watch the op­po­si­tion so much. I’m in­ter­ested in our blokes, our team and our anal­y­sis so that it can help us be bet­ter.”

On his own team, Cheika de­nied that he had any un­cer­tainty around his fly-half se­lec­tion. Chris­tian Leali­ifano, Matt Toomua and Bernard Fo­ley all started matches in the No 10 shirt dur­ing the pool stages. Yet Cheika in­di­cated that was al­ways the plan, with Leali­ifano hav­ing only re­cently re­turned to in­ter­na­tional rugby af­ter a bat­tle with leukaemia.

“Ob­vi­ously, Chris­tian hasn’t played a lot of Test footy and he’s been build­ing back from quite a se­ri­ous ill­ness,” Cheika said. “I’m not go­ing to throw him in ev­ery sin­gle minute of ev­ery game and say ‘go slug it out’.”

De­feat against Eng­land could well end Cheika’s reign as Aus­tralia head coach yet he says that he is not think­ing about the fu­ture.

“I’m only think­ing about to­day. Ac­tu­ally, you’d get on well with my mis­sus, she’s al­ways ask­ing what’s go­ing on to­mor­row or next week or the week af­ter and I never tell her be­cause I want to en­joy to­day. I’ll back my­self to do what­ever and I don’t re­ally care about later on.”

Prepa­ra­tion: Ed­die Jones in­vited an Aus­tralian coach to his train­ing

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