SET TONE: Coach Eddie Jones. CREDIT: Sourced

Poms must win

England must win their first match against Australia in Brisbane on Saturday, says coach Eddie Jones.

The Poms boss explains: “We have to win the first one. That’s what the series is about, the first Test. There are two Tests to go after that but the first is going to set up one side to win the series and you want to be the side that wins the series.

“We want to win the first Test...”

Injuries for abs

The All Blacks will have to take the field against Wales without two of their stars – Sam Whitelock and Tawera Kerr-Barlow.

Whitelock is nursing a hamstring injury, while Kerr-Barlow is recovering from a broken hand.

Chiefs midfielder Charlie Ngatai has also been released from the squad because of concussion issues, with assistant coach Ian Foster telling Stuff New Zealand: “He [Ngatai] is not symptom-free so he’ll carry on through the |protocols and our advice is it’s better to leave him out. We’ll review that on a week-by-week basis.”

Benn’s sad end

Former Wallabies prop Benn Robinson has retired from rugby due to complications with a |serious eye injury when playing for the Waratahs in Super Rugby.

The popular 72-Test forward suffered an accidental poke in the eye during a lineout against the Brumbies in April and had developed a condition called microscopic hyphema, in which blood cells appear in front of the lens, affecting vision.

His condition was further |complicated by an increase in pressure within the eye and a tear to the retina, for which he underwent surgery.