Wallabies head coach Eddie Jones says the MCG will be a stage for the perfect stress test ahead of September’s Rugby World Cup.
Jones is talking up the Wallabies’ chances of claiming their first Bledisloe Cup victory since 2002 this winter, suggesting some of the hype around their All Blacks opponents’ superiority is unwarranted.
Jones was at the helm early in his first five-year stint as Australian coach when they drew the 2002 series to retain the cup for the fifth consecutive year.
“We’ve got plenty of talent in Australia with plenty of good players, there’s not something magical between Australia and New Zealand,” Jones said.
“The Tasman Sea – it doesn’t create supermen on one side, and on the other side there’s people who are going to get beaten.”