Eddie Jones: England v Australia third Test 'like World Cup final'

James Haskell
Victory in Australia means England move up to second in the world rankings
Australia v England - Third Test
Date: Saturday, 25 June Time: 11:00 BST Venue: Allianz Stadium, Sydney
Coverage: Live radio and text commentary on BBC Radio 5 live and the BBC Sport website

England's third Test against Australia in Sydney on Saturday is "like a World Cup final", says coach Eddie Jones.

England have beaten the Wallabies in Brisbane and Melbourne to establish an unassailable 2-0 lead and achieve their first series win down under.

It means Jones' side have climbed up three places to second in the world rankings, behind New Zealand.

"To win a World Cup, you have to win three big games in a row," said the Australia-born coach, 56.

"The quarter-final, semi-final and then the final. It's a great dress rehearsal for us."

Jones has set his sights on catching the All Blacks, who won the World Cup last year.

He added: "It's good for world rugby that England are strong. New Zealand have been up there all the time and it's about time someone put a real challenge on them and we are going to be the side that do that.

"We have massive areas we need to improve - the consistency of our line-out, the breakdown and we need to develop our attack.

"We can do that over the next three years to take us on the road we want to go. There isn't a schedule."

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