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Cheika pays respect to tormentor Jones

AAP logoAAP 4/12/2016

After a week of exchanging verbal volleys with England coach Eddie Jones, Michael Cheika played down any lasting animosity between him and his former Randwick teammate.

Jones had the last laugh at the conclusion of a eventful week with his side cantering to a 37-21 win at Twickenham to inflict a ninth defeat of the year on his native Australia.

However, Cheika, who claimed last Monday that Jones had tarnished his legacy in Australia with his sniping, said he had respect for the man who has beaten his side four times this year.

"They invited us into the dressing room and the lads are in there now having a beer," Cheika said after the game.

"Everyone is playing hard off the field and on the field. But at the end of the day one team wins and you respect that and everyone goes on with their business.

"We go hard at each other sometimes and sometimes we don't. But there is respect there always.

"When you win you stay humble and when you lose you pay respect and that's the way she rolls."

"We were at the referees conference and there were no dramas. It's all been pumped up and has no relevance at the end of the day because it's about the 23 best players and on this instance it was England."

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