After the panic, the three things the Wallabies need to fix for Melbourne

Straight from the notepad of Captain Obvious, the Wallabies’ discipline - or lack thereof – was a massive issue throughout the, and essentially allowed England into the game. Image: ABC Grandstand

Straight from the notepad of Captain Obvious, the Wallabies’ discipline – or lack thereof – was a massive issue throughout the match, and essentially allowed England into the game. Image: ABC Grandstand

The Roar: It was really interesting, reading the reaction on Sunday, to the Wallabies’ 39-28 loss to England in Brisbane the night before.

In more than a few cases, babies and bathwater were flying all over the place.

A few tweaks here and there is probably warranted, but so would allowing the side who played in Brisbane the chance to redeem themselves in Melbourne this Saturday night. And having sat back and observed things for a few days, these same three aspects that stood out on Saturday night remain the obvious avenues for improvement days later.

Behind the bravado, there’s a very humble Eddie Jones

Jones, on getting the England job: "I know the RFU contacted people as far back as during my time at the Brumbies. They basically went through every team that I’d ever been involved with." Image: ABC Grandstand

Jones, on getting the England job: “I know the RFU contacted people as far back as during my time at the Brumbies. They basically went through every team that I’d ever been involved with.” Image: ABC Grandstand

The Roar: When I spoke with England coach Eddie Jones last month, it was an interview like no other I’d done previously. Everything I thought I knew about how interviews are organised and come together was thrown out the window.

For one thing, I didn’t actually arrange the interview; it was arranged for me. And it wasn’t a case of me just calling Eddie. The RFU media guys called me, on the number I supplied, at the arranged time. Smack bang on the arranged time, in fact, and with a courtesy call about three-quarters of an hour ahead of time, to make sure I was still good to talk with the England Coach. Very military precise. Very weird.

With the First Test now just days away, I thought that Eddie Jones was worth sharing, word-for-word, on a couple of different topics..

Australia v England – roll on the ‘Cheika & Jones’ show

Behind all those brilliant Randwick players of the 1980s sat a crafty and clever hooker named Jones, and a brash and abrasive young no.8 named Cheika.

Behind all those brilliant Randwick players of the 1980s sat a crafty and clever hooker named Jones, and a brash and abrasive young no.8 named Cheika. Now they’ll face off as coaches of England and Australia…

My Australian column for June is out now on Rugby365, in which I give a little bit of background as to why the upcoming Wallabies-England series – and all the Michael Cheika-Eddie Jones shenanigans that comes with it – is what we’ve all been looking forward to…

As soon as the Wallabies beat England in the pool stage of last season’s World Cup, the first step in England not progressing in their own tournament, the return bout over three Tests on Australian soil this month became highly anticipated.

And when the Rugby Football Union did the right thing by us and replaced Stuart Lancaster with former Wallaby coach Eddie Jones, tickets for the three-Test series practically sold themselves.

Eddie pinning his June hopes on combinations

New England coach Eddie Jones after the 6 Nations title win in March. The three-Test series against the Wallabies in June shapes as a cracker. Image: ABC Grandstand

New England coach Eddie Jones after the 6 Nations title win in March. The three-Test series against the Wallabies in June shapes as a cracker. Image: ABC Grandstand

The Roar: After a recent chat, it was really interesting watching a team in red and black making short work of their opposition over the weekend. And I’m not talking about what the Crusaders did to the Waratahs.

While much of the attention – and almost all of the Australian attention – was directed toward the rugby debut of a certain former NFL player in southwest London, I decided to tune in for my first ever dose of English Premiership rugby, with Saracens hosting Leicester in the first semi-final. With the unexpected arrival of beIN Sports on my Foxtel menu, European rugby has suddenly become available at McSport HQ.

If you’ll allow some shameless name-dropping, the recent chat I refer to was with new England coach Eddie Jones; an interview for a magazine feature out in the coming weeks.  Once I got used to the idea of the England coach calling me “mate” at some point in every answer, it was a really interesting chat on a number of fronts..