Jones challenges England to show spirit of Columbus


Eddie Jones has urged his England side to follow the lead of Christopher Columbus in their quest to strike gold in Australia this month.

The Six Nations champions have won only three Tests against the Wallabies in Australia, but made the long trip Down Under full of confidence after their 2016 Grand Slam triumph.

Jones is well aware of the task England face in his homeland, but the Tasmania-born head coach has challenged his players to steer clear of troubled waters as they embark on a very different adventure to the great explorer Columbus.

"The players realise they have got to do something different. To create history - and that's what we are trying to do - we have to do something different," he said.

"Christopher Columbus didn't discover America by swimming in his own back yard. He had to get in a boat and leave and not see anything. That's exactly what we have to do.

"We are in a position where we have to do something no other side has done and to do that we have to do things differently."

Jones stressed it is vital that England win the first Test in Brisbane on Saturday if they are to have any chance of claiming a famous victory in the three-match series.

"We have to win the first one. That's what the series is about, the first Test," Jones said.

"There are two Tests to go after that but the first is going to set up one side to win the series and you want to be the side that wins the series.

"We want to win the first Test and if we do that we put ourselves in positions to do all sorts of things and that's our target.

"We don't have any excuses. We've come here to put our best foot forward and, if we're good enough, we're going to win. If it's not good enough, we'll go back home and we'll learn."

Ben Te'o missed training on Monday due to an undisclosed medical condition, but the England centre is expected to train on Tuesday and could make his debut this weekend.