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England came back from a 10-3 deficit in the first half of the final Test in Australia to record a 21-17 win in Sydney and clinch the series 2-1; Eddie Jones has now led England to two series wins in Australia following the outfit’s 2016 triumph

Last update: 07/16/22 4:09 p.m.

Eddie Jones led England to a second series win in Australia following their 2016 triumph

Will Greenwood believes any doubts over whether Eddie Jones should lead England to next year’s Rugby World Cup have been dispelled following the team’s 2-1 win in Australia.

England lost the opener of the series 30-28 before hitting back at Brisbane. The 25-17 victory in the second Test meant that everything was on the line when Jones’ outfit arrived in Sydney on Saturday.

At the Sydney Cricket Ground, England started slow and lost 10-3. They took an 11-10 lead just before half-time and in the second half Marcus Smith’s sensational solo try helped them progress.

Australia fought back through Folau Fainga’a but England held on to register the 21-17 win, which sealed Australia’s second series victory.

A look back at the highlights of the third and final Test between Australia and England

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A look back at the highlights of the third and final Test between Australia and England

A look back at the highlights of the third and final Test between Australia and England

With the positive result of the series, Greenwood believes the time for questions about whether or not Jones should lead England to next year’s World Cup is over.

“If it had been 3-0 then it was six out of seven defeats, or seven in a row if you count the Barbarians game, then there would have been a lot of questions,” Greenwood noted.

“Once they won the second test that was put to bed. That [a third Test win] absolutely put in the hammer, nail and pliers, done, shut it up and no more conversations about it.

β€œThe only thing I hope is that Jones keeps the same coaching staff throughout to get that level of consistency,” continued the former England international.

“There’s been quite a high turnover rate, turnover with his assistant coach, his attacking coach and his defense coaches. For the players to get a consistent message and support an idea, a philosophy and a style of play , I hope Jones keeps these guys and spends the World Cup with them.”

England head coach believes his young side's win over Australia is a positive step forward

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England head coach believes his young side’s win over Australia is a positive step forward

England head coach believes his young side’s win over Australia is a positive step forward

Jones is known as a straightforward and outspoken head coach. In the past, he has been criticized for some of his comments regarding opponents and sometimes for the way he has approached Test weeks.

However, following England’s victory at the Sydney Cricket Ground, Jones cut a relaxed figure, which raised questions as to whether he had softened slightly.

“If he had completely mellowed, he could have given Danny Care up to 60 minutes,” Greenwood noted.

Watch the moment Jones took Danny Care off the pitch and replaced him with Jack van Poortvliet before half-time

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Watch the moment Jones took Danny Care off the pitch and replaced him with Jack van Poortvliet before half-time

Watch the moment Jones took Danny Care off the pitch and replaced him with Jack van Poortvliet before half-time

In the final test, Jones pulled the scrum-half off the field after just 36 minutes on what was his 87th cap and replaced the 35-year-old with less experienced teammate Jack van Poortvliet.

“To understand how ruthless Jones is in terms of winning, wanting to change momentum and flow and seeing an opportunity to bring in Jack van Poortvliet…you don’t often see a scrum-half come off after 36 minutes” , said Greenwood.

“He may have softened in the interview, and he may not be throwing as many barbs in the press, but you’re falling below his level of performance or your style isn’t right for this game. particular, he is as ruthless as he has ever been.”

Care’s celebrations at the end of the game were muted and it’s not the first time Jones has chosen to snag a player from the pitch in Australia. It happened to Luther Burrell after 28 minutes and Teimana Harrison after just 31 minutes in 2016.

Care had returned to the England squad for this series after a significant period out of the international fray. Prior to the first Test, he had won his last cap in November 2018. Does Greenwood believe the Test scrum-half’s career is now over?

“He’ll be disgusted to be out in the first half. Go back, play good Quins and keep putting your hat in the ring…that’s all you can do.”

Former England captain Dylan Hartley felt Jones’ call was striking and further explained his views on Jones’ potential thinking.

“For all of us watching, being taken off at halftime is not nice and it’s not easy,” Hartley said.

“Now is the time to do it, give Jack van Poortvliet five minutes to get in the game and get a feel for the game. If you wait until half-time it could take him five or ten minutes to get in in the game. [after].

“It’s a daring thing, not many coaches manage to do that and I like that. It’s daring.

“You wanted to change tact. He gets all this criticism, but was it a point in the game that changed tact? Did it lead to bigger little things along the way? I like that. It’s bold management.”



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