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England head coach Eddie Jones likes 'stirring the pot' according to Matt Giteau

England boss Eddie Jones relishes "stirring the pot" and will not stop his media jousting with Test coaching rivals, according to Matt Giteau.

England host Australia at Twickenham on Saturday in a Test clash where tensions have been ratcheted up by coaches Jones and Michael Cheika trading verbal salvos all week.

Australia's 103-cap playmaker Giteau has been coached at the Wallabies by both Jones and Cheika - but believes of the two Jones is the more natural-born sledger.

"I don't think Cheik's overly-big on that type of thing happening in the press," said Giteau.

"When he's had enough he lets people know, but Eddie for me, it looks like he really enjoys it. He's smiling there, and cracking jokes.

"That's just part and parcel of the coach, his personality.

"He's cheeky, that's his personality, he enjoys stirring the pot a little. But at the same time he's very professional in everything he does."

Giteau excelled as Jones led Australia to the 2003 World Cup final, and continues to set standards at Toulon.

The 34-year-old featured in Australia's run to the 2015 World Cup final under Cheika too, but remains fairly confident he has now played his last Test for his country.

Jones and Cheika have spent the week's build-up to Saturday's Twickenham clash accusing each other's side of illegal scrummaging.

Cheika claimed Jones had tarnished his legacy in his homeland of Australia with his conduct during England's 3-0 Test series whitewash of the Wallabies down under in June.

Then Jones insisted Australia's media had treated England with "disrespect". Eventually the rugby will take centre stage, but Giteau believes Jones simply cannot turn off that talkative element of his personality.

"He was the same when he used to play touch football, where the coaching staff would get involved in a game once a week," said Giteau.

"He's the one who just barks throughout the whole game, just having a go at the opposition - 'that's not how you run, what type of line's that?' - the whole game. "And he's playing at the same time.

"At the end of the day either coach would just be happy with a victory.

"That's what they're here for. It's Test match footy and you just want to win it, it doesn't matter how you win or who said what before the game. It's just about the win, and the winning coach will be happy."

Giteau however hailed Jones' "fear-factor" coaching as integral to the Australian guiding England to a 13-match winning streak.

England can equal their record winning run on Saturday, where a 14th consecutive victory would draw Jones' men level with Sir Clive Woodward's class of 2003.

"I was coached by the two coaches at very different stages of my career," said Giteau of Jones and Cheika.

"Eddie still has that fear-factor for me, he was my first coach, and the guy that you're desperate to make sure you're not doing anything wrong.

"You're scared you'll walk wrong and he'll tell you off.

"Eddie creates an environment where you never feel comfortable. You can never feel as though you're going to be picked.

"He's never fully satisfied I don't think.

"That keeps you working hard yourself, always looking to improve. He's a very good motivator in that way.

"He's so thorough, over tiny little parts of the game that I can remember sitting down with him about in a midweek.

"If I just ran ever so slightly differently, he would point it out, then say 'that's your best line'.

"That made your game better, just small little things.

"That's probably why there haven't been huge changes in the England game, it's just small changes, and they seem more clinical and more confident."

:: Sky Sports will show England v Australia this Saturday, and next year's British and Irish Lions Tour of New Zealand, exclusively live.

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