Rugby World Cup 2019: Michael Cheika says England 'better win' after Eddie Jones' advantage comments

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika feels Eddie Jones' rested and refreshed England will have no excuse if they lose the teams' World Cup quarter-final next weekend. 

Australia will almost certainly meet England in a quarter-final in Oita on Saturday unless the unthinkable happens, and Uruguay topple Wales in the final Pool D match on Sunday.

A Uruguayan win would leave Australia on top of the group and facing France in the quarters.

Cheika has clearly decided England are in his sights, speaking freely about a team they've lost to in six successive meetings, with most of those by wide margins.

Ex-Wallabies coach Jones, who loves pre-match banter as much as his counterpart, had issued a verbal prod to Australia this week.

Jones said his team would benefit from a two-week break after World Rugby cancelled their match against France because of typhoon safety fears.

Cheika said all the England boss had actually done was heap additional pressure onto himself.

"Well, I saw he was saying that that [cancellation] would be an advantage and the 'typhoon gods' were smiling on him," Cheika said

"They've had the best preparation according to the coach, so they'd better go out there and win. We'll see how we go."

Cheika dismissed talk England are clear favourites, preferring to ignore the underdog discussion entirely.

"Mate, I don't know the relevance of it," he said.

"The only relevance is Saturday. It doesn't matter, all the different things, who's had a week off, who's had a week on, whose been resting, who hasn't."

Cheika was quizzed on whether the clash with the forward-based Georgians on Friday was the ideal preparation for an England side who also base their game around a robust pack.

While the answer was no because the teams are too different, Cheika said the trench warfare nature of the match won 27-8 at a wet and wild Ecopa Stadium in Shizuoka was ideal for his own players.

"The hit out was good, just having to dig in and work hard, get up off the ground, get into some tough stuff," he said.

"That's how we wanted the game to go, we wanted to work like that."

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