It is being called a resurgence, then, is it?
Ever since the Wallabies squeezed out a narrow victory over the All Blacks in a dead rubber Bledisloe Cup match in Brisbane, it seems as though the bandwagon is getting close to capacity.
Is it then the kiss of death when England Coach Eddie Jones joins the chorus that is proclaiming the Aussies as the form team with regard to international play? Jones might perhaps be engaging in a bit of the old misdirection, hoping the lull the Wallabies into a false sense of confidence as the two sides prepare to meet as part of the Wallabies spring tour.
We do admit they looked in form in beating Wales and there was not letdown following a thrashing of Japan.
Jones has turned England into the world’s number two-ranked team and will helm the club when the Wallabies have the tour of Twickenham Stadium Saturday coming.
Jones may have been firing a shot across the bow of Wallabies’ Coach Michael Cheika when he suggested that it was former All Black skills coach Mick Byrne, not Cheika, who is responsible for the Wallabies recent good run.
Of the Wallabies, Jones said, “They’re probably the form team in the world at the moment. There’s some really good coaching. (Former All Blacks skills coach) Mick Byrne has definitely made a difference as a skills coach. You can see his influence on the team. Their selection has been good, their defence is very good and their set-piece is strong.”
Jones is a master of the mind games and nuances of rugby and it seems as though he has been trying to make bank on the internal doubt Cheika may have lingering from a loss to England last year at the same venue as the upcoming game.
Ever the perfectionist, Jones might have a bit of a tempest going on in his mind following less-than-perfect play in a recent match against Argentina, even though England won that match easily, 21 – 8.