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Cheika and Wallabies have got work to do

Downcast: Wallabies captain Stephen Moore and teammates look dejected after losing the series in Melbourne.

With the Cook Cup in the hands of the English, Michael Cheika and co. will be scrambling to try to come up with how best to address the deficiencies the Wallabies showed during the series in time for an onslaught from New Zealand, South Africa and Argentina.

Mentor Jones beats boss Cheika

Tale of two coaches: The mentor Eddie Jones and the boss Michael Cheika.

Eddie Jones celebrated England's splendid victory over Australia by organising for Andrew Johns to give a master-class to his playmakers. Michael Cheika reacted to the loss by engaging in an irrelevant slanging match with Steve Hansen.

The 10 most influential players in rugby

Cream of the crop: From the veterans to the rookies, here are the new leaders of the game.

The next generation of superstars has emerged and while judgments about the 'best' players will always be subjective, these are the 10 men we think rise above the rest.

Matt Toomua given nod at inside centre

Back on deck: Matt Toomua.

Brumbies playmaker Matt Toomua replaces Samu Kerevi at inside centre in one of three changes to Michael Cheika's starting XV for the third Test against England.

England's unstoppable force credits Eddie

Hard man to stop: Billy Vunipola.

Vunipola is a player transformed under Jones: more dynamic, more assured, more at ease with himself and who he is: a Tongan, Sydney-born, Wales and England-shaped personality, who is beginning to realise his potential on the world stage.

We're going to do things better: Horne

Under the microscope: Rob Horne gets dumped last weekend.

Rob Horne says the microscope will be firmly on the Wallabies backline during the third Test in Sydney but is confident Australia can regain their attacking flair and penetrate England's brick wall defence.

Cummins' Olympics dream all but over

Injured: Nick Cummins' Olympic dream is in tatters.

Nick Cummins' Olympics dream is all but over after Australian sevens coach Andy Friend confirmed the former Wallabies winger faced the difficult task of clawing his way above 16 players picked for a camp in Darwin next week.

Cheika 'nonplussed' by Hansen dig

Second best: Steve Hasen reckons Michael Cheika, seen here with assistant coaches Stephen Larkham and Nathan Grey, let ...

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika says he's perplexed by New Zealand counterpart Steve Hansen's suggestion he's been bullied in the media by England mentor Eddie Jones, slamming the comment as shallow.

Jones enlists Johns for special session

Talking tactics: England coach Eddie Jones chats with Andrew Johns at Randwick Oval during training on Monday.

Eddie Jones has not only returned to haunt the Wallabies, but he's also poached – at least temporarily – one of Australia's greatest rugby league players in a bid to heap further pain on Michael Cheika's side.

Moore's call to Wallabies' leaders

Dejected: Wallabies captain Stephen Moore and his teammates lost the Test series in Melbourne.

Wallabies captain Stephen Moore has put the acid on the team's leadership group and insists fixing small details is the key to avoiding a Test series whitewash against England in Sydney.