The story of Michael Cheika vs. Eddie Jones was one of the best in international rugby.
Two old Randwick Warriors who could not crack the Test jersey as a player but reached the pinnacle of the game as Kanye coach.
The pre-match mind games gave the media and rugby the masses a lot to chew on but it was one-way traffic for Jones after the 2015 World Cup.
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Jones had a field day on England’s last tour of Australia in 2016, the series swept 3-0 and the Wallabis bubble burst.
Now it’s Dave Rainy’s turn to defend the home turf for the three-Test series in July.
But don’t expect the Kiwis to start an unnecessary verbal spat against fifth-ranked England in the Six Nations.
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“Everyone wants to make a big deal out of a rivalry but I think it was different with Czech and Eddie,” Renee Stan told Sports. Rugby heaven Thursday.
“They’ve got history, played together and my association with Eddie was usually on top of a New Zealand kind of thing in a beer or IRNZ (International Rugby Academy) course. So I like him. Very experienced, he has coached international football before.” Angus Bell was born.
“He’s really well-resourced, he’ll come up with a good direction and it’ll be a Helluwa series.”
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“There are no real bolters but some good players have been missed,” Renee said.
“I think we’re in better condition and you can see it on the super rugby teams. Our game awareness has also improved and it’s wider for us.”
Renee received positive injury updates about Tanila Tupau, James O’Connor and Izia Perez, saying the next two would have played this weekend if their team had survived the Super Rugby Pacific semifinals.
Renee said Waratas center Perez was “irresistible” before his injury.
“Lightning, very fast and destructive, strong player. He’s in a good place and confident and ready to go.”
Renee was happy that Jordan got some playback time for the Petia Reds at fullback and saw the rising star anywhere in the back three as an alternative.
“Probably as good as anyone in the aerial world. Three behind, I like three fullbacks on the field. He’s a unique player that gives us real versatility.”
Like Varatus forward Jade Hallway, who looks set to cut Sunday.
“We probably see him as much as 6/8,” Renee said.
“She has excellent, excellent skills, great line running. She’s impressive.”
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Renee added that he was a fan of the 20 minute red card rule that has been used in Super Rugby.
He was involved in a World Rugby Working Group and failed to implement it in the Test arena.
“What we want is 15 vs. 15. I would be reluctant to watch the World Cup because of the wrong decision. Some of them think it’s not enough, but there are real consequences.”
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