Eddie Jones mocked up as clown by Aussie paper ahead of England-Australia clash
Eddie Jones has been mocked up as a clown by an Australian newspaper ahead of England's clash with the Wallabies at Twickenham.
Beneath a headline of 'Introducing The Real Clown of Rugby', Saturday's front page of The Australian's sports section carries the caricature of a grinning Jones with sharpened teeth, his face painted with a St George's Cross, against the backdrop of a Red Rose.
It comes after Wallabies' head coach Michael Cheika was depicted as an angry clown in October by the New Zealand Herald under the banner of 'Send in the Clowns'.
A lengthy opinion piece accompanies the image of Jones, who has repeatedly criticised the hostile treatment England received from Australia's media during a summer tour that ended in an historic 3-0 series triumph.
"Forget Michael Cheika. Eddie Jones is the real clown of the world rugby circus," the piece reads.
"Jones is no bumbling buffoon or jovial jester. He is a menacing clown with a dark side, terrorising poor Cheika as if he were part of the creepy clown craze that has swept the world.
"He does not even need make-up or a costume to act the clown, just those mischievous eyes, cheeky grin and eviscerating one-liners. A Jones media conference is like a dark carnival where he dissects his victims with the sharpest of tongues.
"Jones is a master of using black comedy to belittle his adversaries and no one has been the victim of his invective more than Cheika, who in turn has looked bemused and besieged."
Jones declined to comment on the picture and the opinion piece carried by The Australian.