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Eddie Jones accuses Australia of showing lack of respect to referee Ben O'Keeffe

Jones was responding to claims made by Michael Cheika that England deliberately target the half-backs. Photo: PA

Eddie Jones has accused Australia of showing a lack of respect to referee Ben O'Keeffe by declining to meet the official in favour of influencing him through the media.

Jones was responding to claims made by Michael Cheika that England deliberately target the half-backs with late tackles and will attempt to "bully" the Wallabies in Saturday's Cook Cup clash at Twickenham.

Cheika claimed that England would deliberately target the Australian half-backs with late tackles. Credit: PA

Cheika, Australia's head coach, has revealed that he will not attend the customary eve-of-match meeting with officials and Jones has questioned his rival's decision.

"Obviously Australia enjoy the media more than the referee," Jones said after England's captain's run at Twickenham on Friday morning.

"I have coached over 100 Tests and before every Test I have had a meeting with the referee.

"It's a sign of respect that you want to know what he wants from the game. It's a mutual exchange of information for the benefit of the game.

"We have played four games against Australia and had good referees in those games.

"Obviously Cheika feels the referees haven't done a good job so possibly he should be taking that up with the referee not the media."