Belfast Telegraph

UK Website Of The Year

Home Sport Rugby

Wallabies won't rise to the bait after England boss has a blast

By Nick Purewal

Published 26/11/2016

Respect: Australia’s Stephen Moore is fully focused on the Ireland game
Respect: Australia’s Stephen Moore is fully focused on the Ireland game

Australia are determined not let England boss Eddie Jones' early broadsides derail today's Test clash with Ireland in Dublin.

England head coach Jones branded Argentina "probably the second best team in the Rugby Championship" ahead of facing the Pumas at Twickenham this weekend.

That has been interpreted as Australian Jones's first barb against his compatriot Wallabies, who face England at Twickenham on December 3.

But Australia captain Stephen Moore has insisted Michael Cheika's men will not disrespect Ireland by even thinking of England this week.

"I think if we started thinking about England this week then we'd come up short tomorrow," said Australia captain Moore.

"So we haven't even thought about that game yet.

"It's disrespectful to the Irish team to even talk about I think.

"We've got a massive Test tomorrow, we've spent the whole week preparing for that.

"And next week we'll talk about England, so I haven't given it any thought."

England whitewashed the Wallabies three-nil in Australia in June, so Michael Cheika's side will doubtless be out for revenge at Twickenham on December 3.

But first the Wallabies must take on Ireland and Moore insisted Australia need the best performance of their northern hemisphere tour to topple Saturday's hosts.

Moore believes Ireland's 40-29 victory over New Zealand in Chicago on November 5 merely serves to underline their growing prowess under Kiwi head coach Joe Schmidt.

"If you look at the way Ireland have played this month it's clearly a huge challenge for us," said Moore. "They are playing as well as they have for a while.

"They showed that in Chicago and even last weekend they played some great rugby - the consistency was there.

"It's a huge challenge and we're going to have to play our best game of the tour to win."

Belfast Telegraph

How to Complain

If you have a complaint about the editorial content of the Belfast Telegraph or Sunday Life then contact the Editor here. If you are not satisfied with the response provided then you can contact the Independent Press Standards Organisation here

Your Comments

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting? customercare@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Read More

From Belfast Telegraph