Michael Cheika hits back at Eddie Jones' trash talk ahead of Wallabies v England clash
Michael Cheika admits he gave Eddie Jones the opportunity to "be the goalscorer who scores against his old team" when England were last out in June, but says he does not like the fact he is biting the hand that feeds him with so much "vitriol" directed towards Australian rugby.
In his first press conference since touching down in England, Cheika did not hold back when asked about Jones - his rival who coached England to their first whitewash victory against the Wallabies in Australia.
Eddie Jones extended his unbeaten run as England head coach to 12 games with a thrilling victory over Argentina, but he's already focusing on next weekend's clash with Australia.
Cheika said he would have gone about things differently if he went back to a country that gave him so many coaching opportunities.
"There was a lot a vitriol about Australia - his home nation where he coached - and opportunities were given to him to grow up as a coach and play," Cheika said.
"Personally, if you want to leave a legacy somewhere, you don't hit back at it, do you, when you leave?
"In June... I gave him the opportunity to be like the goalscorer who scores against his old team.
"It's always difficult when you go back into a tournament against teams you have coached before and you don't know how to play it.
"Do you go reserved or get stuck into them? I know what I do... but that is the choice he wants to make and thinks that is the best for his team."
The Test week has barely begun but Jones has already got on the front foot by saying Australia's media were "quite disrespectful".
It would appear Jones is referring to a question asked by Stephen Hoiles, as part of a skit for a Fox Sports rugby show, in which he said to the England boss: "The lads were pumped up, there was a bit of moisture out there and I think you and Glen [Ella] had a good moment, looked lubed up and a fair bit of shrinkage."
Shortly after, Jones accepted Hoiles' apology but Cheika defended the former Wallaby and Brumbies captain.
"Hoilsey gave him a serve jokingly in one of the press conferences and I think he since called Hoilesey and said it was only a joke, chin up," Cheika said.
"I think Hoilsey was a bit rattled by it because he's only new in the media.
"For him [Hoiles] it's his career and it might be fun and games for the either guy [Jones] but for a kid like Hoilsey, he's trying to build his career. But it's good experience for him I suppose, to get in the fire. But I don't think there's disrespect from our end, but that's the way she rolls."