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Blazing a trail: Eddie Jones.

England thinking foreign again after Eddie Jones

The Rugby Football Union is to consider appointing another overseas coach to take over from Eddie Jones in three years' time, despite stating when the Australian was appointed 10 months ago that it intended to nurture English coaches as a fundamental part of its succession plan.

We know Springboks are bullies, says Jones

Fierce competitor: Eddie Jones bats during the Rugby Writers' cricket match against the RFU in July.

Eddie Jones, the England head coach, has labelled South Africa "bullies" ahead of the first Test of the -autumn series at Twickenham on Nov 12. Jones is bracing his men for a physical encounter with the Springboks, whom England have not beaten since 2006.

Things really are upside down Down Under

Time to regroup: Michael Cheika and Stephen Moore in Sydney after the 3-0 series loss to England.

Eight months after the Wallabies thrilled and spilled their way to a World Cup final under the charismatic coaching of Michael Cheika, they wear an entirely different honour.

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.

'Itoje is just like the young John Eales'

"I don't think anyone has ever had a perfect game, but that's what we strive for": Maro Itoje.

It will take more than a provocative push at the tail of a line-out from Sekope Kepu to disturb the inexorable rise of Maro Itoje, a player who former Australia World Cup-winning captain Nick Farr-Jones believes has the same poise and maturity that John Eales showed when he first broke into the Wallaby ranks.

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.

Cheika 'nonplussed' by Hansen dig

Easy fix: Nathan Grey is not concerned after the Wallabies' rout at the hands of the All Blacks.

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.

The honeymoon is over for Michael Cheika

Plenty to think about: Israel Folau was predominantly kept under wraps by an extraordinary England defence.

It turns out the Australian wunder-coach and Randwick enfant terrible, is human after all, as Eddie Jones' England secured a historic first series win against the Wallabies and bumped them down to third place in the world rankings.

Fast Eddie is a past master of spin

Loving life: England coach Eddie Jones in Melbourne on Saturday night.

There was so much anticipation about the jibing and verbal jousting between the national coaches during this Test series that it was always going to be worthwhile watching the former Randwick teammates go at it.