England under Aussie coach Eddie Jones are determined to upset Australia in the opening Brisbane Test on Saturday. Jones is priming his boys for a physical onslaught on the Australian side, who eight months ago humiliated the hosts in the World Cup with a 33-13 victory at Twickenham.
But now optimism is running high within the English ranks as they have not yet lost a match under their new coach. Earlier this season, Jones guided his side to win the first Grand Slam in thirteen years. To motivate his side for the upcoming series, Jones has been providing the players with footage of cricket’s Bodyline Ashes tour.
Jones wants his players to employ an aggressive approach from the beginning of the opening Test. Traditionally, the English rely on their scrum and set piece play, which dominated the Wallabies in the past. However, under Mario Ledesma and Michael Cheika’s guidance, the Wallabies scrum easily overpowered England in the victory at Twickenham last year.
Meanwhile Australia will field four of the props from that World Cup match including tighthead Sekope Kepu, who will link up with Greg Holmes, Scott Sio, and James Slipper.