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England must win first test in Australia tour – Jones

England must win their first match against Australia in Brisbane on Saturday, head coach Eddie Jones said, stressing the importance of striking an early blow in the three-test series.

Jones’s men, who won a Six Nations grand slam in March, open the rugby tour against the World Cup finalists at Lang Park, followed by matches in Melbourne and Sydney.

“We have to win the first one. That’s what the series is about, the first test,” Jones told reporters.

“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.”

England, who warmed up for the series with a 27-13 win over Wales at Twickenham last month, have only beaten their hosts on Australian soil three times, most recently in Sydney in 2010.

“We don’t have any excuses,” Jones said.

“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.”

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