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Eddie Jones plots the next stage of his England tour de force

England head coach Trevor Bayliss talks with England rugby coach Eddie Jones (R) during nets

If Eddie Jones’s players live in perpetual fear of what he may think of next, they should discourage him from taking field trips to the mountain stages of the Tour de France. Jones flew in from Barcelona on Tuesday with a big grin on his face, having witnessed miles and miles of Pyrenean torment, while devising ever-higher standards for his England team.

Dylan Hartley sets tone for England’s pursuit of Australia whitewash

England's Rugby team coach Eddie Jones talks with team captain Dylan Hartley during a training session on the eve of their third test against Australia's Wallabies in Sydney

Had there been a referendum here this week Australians would have voted unanimously for England’s rugby players to leave. Even if the visitors do lose the third Test and fail to gain a 3-0 series margin it has been a memorable tour that has confounded their reputation locally as oval-ball dullards. Eddie Jones complained about being searched at the airport on arrival but he can expect to be fast-tracked through departures.

Eddie Jones’s England chase history but must be wary of Lions’ fate

England head coach Eddie Jones before the match

In Australia they call it fossicking or noodling. Sometimes it can take decades of scouring the parched outback to secure the odd rare gem – perhaps opal or gold – lying unclaimed in a remote mining settlement such as Coober Pedy. Suddenly English rugby is in a similar situation; after years of fruitless June expeditions there is finally a glint of precious metal visible in the dirt.

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England's Rugby team coach Eddie Jones talks with team captain Dylan Hartley during a training session on the eve of their third test against Australia's Wallabies in Sydney

Dylan Hartley sets tone for England’s pursuit of Australia whitewash

Had there been a referendum here this week Australians would have voted unanimously for England’s rugby players to leave. Even if the visitors do lose the third Test and fail to gain a 3-0 series margin it has been a memorable tour that has confounded their reputation locally as oval-ball dullards. Eddie Jones complained about being searched at the airport on arrival but he can expect to be fast-tracked through departures.

England head coach Trevor Bayliss talks with England rugby coach Eddie Jones (R) during nets

Eddie Jones plots the next stage of his England tour de force

If Eddie Jones’s players live in perpetual fear of what he may think of next, they should discourage him from taking field trips to the mountain stages of the Tour de France. Jones flew in from Barcelona on Tuesday with a big grin on his face, having witnessed miles and miles of Pyrenean torment, while devising ever-higher standards for his England team.

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England head coach Eddie Jones during training

Eddie Jones warns Australia: ‘England will break you physically and mentally’

The acrimonious buildup to England’s final autumn Test against Australia looks set to spill over on to the pitch after Eddie Jones warned the Wallabies his side would look to “break them mentally and physically”. The lock George Kruis indicated the home team would be looking to “target their puppet masters” and extend their unbeaten run to a record-equalling 14 Tests.