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Dean Mumm: Australia can ignore any mind games from Eddie Jones

Dean Mumm insists Australia can shut out compatriot Eddie Jones' jibes ahead of the Wallabies' England showdown at Twickenham on Saturday.

Mumm fully expects England boss Jones to run the gamut of his box of "tricks", but the former Exeter Chiefs lock remains adamant Australia will not be sidetracked by any mind games.

Ex-Australia coach Jones fired his first shot straight after England's win over Argentina on Saturday, hinting at illegal scrum tactics from the Wallabies.

Mumm maintains Australia can easily switch off from Jones' wily talk however, in their bid to hit back from Saturday's 27-24 defeat to Ireland in Dublin.

"I'm sure Eddie's up to his regular tricks but I will try not to make myself aware of it really, because it's kind of irrelevant to what we want to do next week," said Mumm.

"We're not going out there and playing Eddie Jones, we're going out there and playing England and there's a whole 23 of them willing to stop us so we've got a big job on our hands to get that done."

Australia blew the chance for their first northern hemisphere tour grand slam since 1984 courtesy of Saturday's loss to Ireland at the Aviva Stadium.

The Wallabies created several late chances but failed to capitalise on injury-hit Ireland's heavily re-jigged backline.

Now Michael Cheika's side will hop on to London intent on closing out their northern tour with a victory that would upset the odds and the form of the last 12 months.

England whitewashed the Wallabies in Australia in June, but Mumm believes Cheika's troops must not allow that three-Test series humbling colour next week's clash.

"We love playing England, it's a massive match," said Mumm.

"We've lost a goal in the grand slam but there's still a tremendous amount to offer in next week's game and firstly, I'm very excited and I'm sure once we have a good look at things and start to focus on the week then the excitement will be right up there.

"It's always brilliant to play there and I think everyone will be up for it.

"I think you can't help but be a little bit disappointed in the way June panned out, 3-0 series losses hurt and it actually wasn't that long ago but we won't be focusing on that as a motivating factor.

"We'll be focusing on what we can do on the training pitch come next week and what we can do to put ourselves in the best position to win the match.

"If you look backwards, then you end up tripping over."

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