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Eddie Jones unperturbed by Michael Cheika legacy claim

Published 01/12/2016

Eddie Jones, pictured, has been engaged in a war of words with Michael Cheika
Eddie Jones, pictured, has been engaged in a war of words with Michael Cheika

Eddie Jones has responded to Michael Cheika's claim that he has damaged his legacy in Australia by declaring opinions mean nothing to him.

England's head coach has come under attack from Cheika, his former Randwick team-mate and a successor as Wallabies boss, for being "vitriolic" against his homeland during June's summer tour Down Under.

The rivals go head to head at Twickenham on Saturday with the Grand Slam champions seeking to extend their mastery of Australia to a fourth successive victory, in the process amassing a record-equalling 14th consecutive Test win.

"Cheika's made some comments about legacy, well we don't have anything to do with legacy. It's an uncontrollable part of what happens, so we're not perturbed about that," Jones said.

"It's not for me to decide what my legacy is, it's for other people to decide. So why would I worry about it?

"Do you think I'm the sort of person that worries about people's opinion of me? No? Exactly, then why would I worry about it?

"We'll have a cold beer after the game so he's welcome to join us. I don't control Cheika's emotions."

Barely had the dusted settled on England's 27-14 victory over Argentina last Saturday when Jones began landing verbal blows on Australia, accusing them of scrummaging illegally and railing against their "disrespectful" media.

Cheika retaliated by targeting prop Dan Cole, accusing him of "infringing the law since his career started'', and then revealing that Jones stormed out of a pre-match referee's meeting during a summer series in which the Wallabies were crushed 3-0.

Jaco Peyper, the referee for the climax to the autumn at Twickenham, will meet with Jones and his forwards coach Steve Borthwick on Friday at 3.30pm and the England boss seized the chance to take another swipe at Cheika.

"I've got different codes of behaviour. I was always brought up that if you have a private meeting it stays private," Jones said.

"Everyone's got their own standards of behaviour, how they want to behave. It doesn't annoy me.

"I've got nothing to say about Cheika. Every time Australia plays England it's about Dan Cole. He's an experienced campaigner. We would not have any other tight-head in our team.

"I've coached over 100 Tests. I've had meetings with the ref before each of them. It's just normal procedure.

"We just wanted to make sure we were up front and tell the Australians we were having a meeting. On the tour, they whinged and carried on about the fact that they didn't know."

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