Rugby between England and Australia is always interesting not only for the matches but for the underlying rivalry and fires that are set which lead to interesting incidents on and off the field.
The England rugby team finally seems ready to win something on the world stage, with a fantastic victory against Australia in their return to international rugby in the Australian Series helping to give them a nudge in the right direction to becoming a global rugby superpoer once more.
Rugby league is not about skills, it is a game designed to hurt people. That was Jones's opinion of the rival sport when asked about his thoughts on Sam Burgess's failed attempt to play in rugby union.
In 2014, Burgess decided to walk away from the South Sydney Rabbitohs to represent England at the 2015 World Cup. Despite making the starting XV, he was blamed for the poor showing at the tournament when England were dumped out in the pool stages.
The Aussies would be taking a big risk if they play Israel Folau at a central position instead of his more familiar full-back role in the Brisbane Test on Saturday, believes England's center Jonathan Joseph.
Despite the fact that Folau has spent most of his career playing at full-back, NSW Waratahs' trainer Daryl Gibson has played the 27-year-old in a midfield position this year.
All eyes are on the England rugby team after their feat in the Six Nations win.
Indeed, last year did not end well for this team, which lost out to Australia in the World cup tournament. With a new coach and a resurgent attitude the team started off the New Year which showed the results already. It could be a coincidence that Dylan Hartley, who captained for the team in the first Grand Slam is set to return to the team again after a span of thirteen years.
England under Aussie coach Eddie Jones are determined to upset Australia in the opening Brisbane Test on Saturday. Jones is priming his boys for a physical onslaught on the Australian side, who eight months ago humiliated the hosts in the World Cup with a 33-13 victory at Twickenham.
But now optimism is running high within the English ranks as they have not yet lost a match under their new coach. Earlier this season, Jones guided his side to win the first Grand Slam in thirteen years. To motivate his side for the upcoming series, Jones has been providing the players with footage of cricket's Bodyline Ashes tour.
Jonny Wilkinson, the Rugby World Cup winning hero of the England Rugby Team has said that his country must win the Six Nations Championship before they can even think about going all the way in the World Cup.
The former Toulon and Newcastle Falcons man said that before England can dream about ruling the world, they must start closer to home and conquer Europe, adding that the first step towards that is a win in the Six Nations Championship.
Richard Cockerill, the Director of Rugby of the reigning Aviva Premiership champions the Leicester Tigers believes his star man Manu Tuilagi should be the first name on the team sheet for the England Rugby Team, adding that his star man has an X-factor about his game which will be a key asset to the plans for the future, irrespective of the emergence of Luther Burrell.
Stuart Lancaster, the head coach of the England Rugby Team has admitted that he concerned with all the talk surrounding the collapse of the European rugby structure and has mentioned that a European rugby tournament must continue in order to boost the country’s chances in the 2015 Rugby World Cup on home soil.
Chris Robshaw has reacted to the stunning and spirited performance that the England Rugby Team put up against the Rugby World Cup holders New Zealand as they came very close to upsetting the odds and beat the world champions by declaring that the team needs to win the upcoming Six Nations title in order to show that there has been progress made by the team in the right direction.