England Rugby Coach Warns Players of ‘Abusive’ Australian Crowds

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 06: Wallabies supporters celebrate after James O'Connor of the Wallabies scored a try during the International Test match between the Australian Wallabies and British & Irish Lions at ANZ Stadium on July 6, 2013 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
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England’s rugby coach Eddie Jones – born and raised in Australia – has warned his team to expect “abusive crowds” when they tour Down Under next month.

Jones can boast extensive local knowledge of his homeland, having coached there from club level upwards, including the Wallabies at the 2003 Rugby World Cup. This insight has been key for England winning all eight clashes with Australia under Jones’ leadership.

Even so, he still saw fit Wednesday to issue his players with a warning about what lies ahead. The 62-year-old believes his side must go hard at the hosts and impose themselves at all times while ignoring the hectoring crowds.

“For Australians, it’s the biggest tour,” Jones said.

Host broadcasters, Stan Sports, have already released a video of Wallabies prop Taniela Tupou crashing an English tea party, with Jones expecting more fun and games.

“I’m sure it’ll be fun. It is completely different conditions, really hard flat tracks, abusive crowds. The Australians are in the face. The media are going to be in our face.

“They are aggressive. It is a really aggressive environment. You can learn so much about your players and your squad on those tours, and we’ve missed that.”

Bookmakers have installed Australia as strong favourites for the series opener in the Western Australia state capital Perth on July 2.

England’s rugby coach Eddie Jones looks less than impressed during the International match between England and Barbarians at Twickenham Stadium on June 19, 2022 in London, England. (Bob Bradford – CameraSport via Getty Images)

“I think they’ve sold out every game. It’s going to be huge,” Jones added.

During the 2016 tour, England’s arrival in Brisbane, Queensland, was overshadowed by Jones’s claims he was subjected to heavy-handed treatment by airport customs.

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