Sport Rugby World Cup 2019: Jones praises 'old mate' Cheika ahead of quarter-final showdown
'They'd better win': Cheika kicks off quarter final coach-off with Jones
Michael Cheika and Eddie Jones go back some way. They are about to meet in the World Cup quarter finals.The Wallabies coach, fresh to the Test landscape and aware of the power dynamics between an imperious England and rebuilding Australia, copped barb after barb his former Randwick club mate pegged at him.
Eddie Jones praised his "good old mate" Michael Cheika ahead of Saturday's Rugby World Cup clash between England and Australia and said mentor Jeff Sayle would be proud of them.
Jones and Cheika have never needed much encouragement to engage in verbal exchanges before showdowns between England and the Wallabies.
The former club-mates were exchanging compliments two days before a blockbuster quarter-final at Oita Stadium, and England head coach Jones thinks Randwick great Sayle - who died on October 1 - will be looking down with pride this weekend.
Michael Cheika sends first verbal grenade at Eddie Jones as Wallabies ramp up war of words ahead of England Rugby World Cup clash
'It's a bit weird'In typical style, the Wallabies coach didn't mince his words when asked about England coach Eddie Jones bringing Australian rugby league legend Ricky Stuart into the England camp, behind enemy lines.
"They are a great tournament side. I think Cheik has done a really good job," Australian Jones said.
"I'm proud of the job he does. He's a good old mate of mine."
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Jones added: "There will be a bloke in the sky who will be quite excited about Michael and I coaching against each other this week.
"I'm sure he's having a few beers next to St Peter now looking at the situation."
Wallabies boss Cheika thinks it is a shame Australian rugby is not benefiting from Jones' expertise.
Wallabies respond to Quade's Cheika 'potshot'
David Pocock and Michael Hooper have expressed disappointment over Quade Cooper's criticism of departed coach Michael Cheika. Cheika has copped a tonne of criticism after the Wallabies were knocked out of the Rugby World Cup by England at the quarter-final stage. The tension escalated when he revealed he barely had a relationship with CEO Raelene Castle and chairman Cameron Clyne.
"He's been there [in England] for a bit now hasn't he?
He's done a good job for sure," Cheika said of the former Australia coach.
"It always hurts me when there's an Aussie over there. Trevor Bayliss and Eddie and, I don't know, Wayne Bennett. You want them at home but it is what it is. What do you do?"
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Cheika reveals heartbreaking bond with Wallabies .
Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has bid an emotional goodbye, revealing a special bond with two players.Cheika's own father, Joseph, passed away nearly 18 years ago. Cheika Senior arrived in Australia from Lebanon at age 20, penniless, and built a life and family for himself.