Jones highlights 'exceptional' Pocock as key Wallabies threat


England coach Eddie Jones has picked out David Pocock and Rory Arnold as the main threats for Australia ahead of Saturday's first Test.

Jones will lead his side at Suncorp Stadium as Six Nations Grand Slam winners, but the Australian is expecting a tough test in Brisbane.

"It will be a great atmosphere and I hope it's a nice positive series with good physical rugby and the code is elevated around Australia," Jones said.

"We've only ever won three games in Australia, so it's a great opportunity to put down a marker and create history.

"Pocock is exceptional, always a threat. If he played on Mars, he'd be a threat."

Jones also picked out debutant lock Arnold, who he compared to Steve Cutler, the line-out star of Australia's 1984 Grand Slam success. Arnold, who is 6ft 10in, will become the tallest Wallabies player ever.

"The Wallabies do have a very good line-out and they've picked a new version of 'Skylab', who must be related," Jones said.

"It's going to be a physical game and we've picked a backline to cope with that for the first 50-60 minutes. We have a young squad with an average age of 24 so we are still developing and improving. It'll be a great challenge for us and one we're looking forward to meeting head on."

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika insists he is not concerned by Jones' plan to make the match a physical battle, saying his players are up for the fight. Jones had previously said England would "play Bodyline", referring to the aggressive style of play in the 1932-33 Ashes cricket series.

"I understand the analogy but I'm not sure what it means," said Cheika. 

"I don't know if it means head-high tackles or if it means aggression. If it means aggressive footy that's good. That's the game, it's meant to be aggressive.

"It's a contact sport and we love that. Respect to our opponents if they bring it on. We're up for it - the contact part of the game, the aggression. 

"I imagine that's what Bodyline means because you're not going to come out and do head-high tackles. I don't think so at least. I think fair play to them, it's good stuff."