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England boss Jones not surprised by hostile welcome

Eddie Jones expects the hostile treatment he was given on arrival at Brisbane airport on Thursday to be a sign of things to come on England's tour of Australia.

Jones had not anticipated being given a warm welcome when he touched down ahead of the three-match series against the Wallabies this month.

So the England head coach was not surprised with the greeting he was given on arrival in his homeland.

"I just went through immigration and I got shunted through the area where everything got checked so that's what I'm expecting," said the straight-talking 56-year-old.

England renew their rivalry with Australia in the opening game of the series at Suncorp Stadium a week on Saturday and Jones knows the Six Nations Grand-Slam winners must hit the ground running.

"The first Test sets the tone for the rest of the series," he said.

"We see that as an opportunity to put down the marker in the first Test.

"Suncorp's been a favourite ground for Australia but it has lost a couple of games here recently so that provides an opportunity for us."

The wily Jones is also expecting opposite number Michael Cheika to have plenty to say before the series gets underway, but agrees that it will be down to the players to let their rugby do the talking.

"He's been very quiet. It’s a new Cheika we're facing at the moment. I'm sure the old one will come out," he added.

"He's 100 per cent right, it's the two teams on the field,

"Australia [are ranked] second in the world, [have] the best coach in the world, they're playing in their own backyard. 

"They're going to be strong favourites for the tour. Our record in Australia is three Tests [won] since Captain Cook arrived, so it's not a great record is it?"