Aussies 'have issues' with scrummaging, says Jones

Dane Haylett-Petty of Australia is tackled by Keith Earls of Ireland.
Dane Haylett-Petty of Australia is tackled by Keith Earls of Ireland. Dan Mullan

RUGBY UNION: England coach Eddie Jones has lit the fuse for what is likely to be an explosive affair against the Wallabies next week by calling for a meeting with referee Jaco Peyper over Australia's scrummaging.

To add to the intrigue, Wallabies coach Michael Cheika is keen to speak to World Rugby referees boss Alain Rolland after a penalty count of 13-3 against his team in the 27-24 loss to Ireland in Dublin, which ended dreams of a first Grand Slam of the home nations since 1984.

"That's something I'll be dealing with Alain Rolland about afterwards,” Cheika said about the penalty count.

"He's the referees boss, so I'll go through the proper channels as opposed to making it an issue out here and see if we can get something, but I doubt it.

"We have to do that stuff with the refs mate, they've told us that we can't talk about it in public because they don't want the interpretations being made public, that's the edict they've given us and we can't say anything about it.

"We'd love to but we're not allowed to. I don't want to get myself in any strife and I think we've made the point clear and we'll go through the proper channels with Alain Rolland and we'll get on to the game.”

Jones, whose unbeaten run as England coach continued with a 27-14 defeat of Argentina, said he planned to meet with Peyper - something that drew the ire of his former Randwick teammate Cheika.

England's Australian coach, who took over from the sacked Stuart Lancaster, said he was looking forward to the game against the Wallabies, saying a win would be the best of the year, despite securing a 3-0 series success Down Under in June.

He said England officials would be chatting to the South African referee this week.

"We are very keen to speak with the referee (Peyper) about Australia's scrummaging,” he said.

"They have issues with it and I will invite their coaching team to come along.

"We will submit an agenda and make sure that everything is above board.

"They were penalised four times in a row against France so they have got some technical issues. I am not going to sort it out for them.”

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