Monday 22 January 2018

An Australian newspaper reacted to England's whitewash with a wonderfully bitter Brexit front page

Will Slattery

Will Slattery

What a difference eight months make.

Last September, England suffered the humiliating experience of becoming the first ever host nation to be eliminated from the Rugby World Cup at the pool stage.

The result that signalled the end of England's World Cup dream, and the tenure of head coach Stuart Lancaster, was a 33-13 drubbing at the hands of Australia at Twickenham.

Michael Cheika's men recorded a comprehensive 20-point win playing a swashbuckling brand of rugby that left England floored - the home team looked a long way off competing with the world's best.

Fastforward to today, and England have just completed rugby's greatest turnaround, beating the Wallabies 44-40 to seal a historic 3-0 series whitewash in Australia.

This morning's brilliant win stretches England's win streak under new coach Eddie Jones to 10 games, and the fortunes of the Red Rose and their southern hemisphere rivals have shifted completely.

After winning coach of the year last autumn, Cheika now enters the Rugby Championship under considerable pressure, albeit with plenty of goodwill left over after leading Australia to the World Cup final just a year after taking the job.

It doesn't look like the Australian media are immediately looking to blame the boss either, judging by this front page from the Courier Mail.

Like most media organisations, the Australian paper have been following the fallout from the Brexit vote, and the sports team opted to combine both results in their front page for Sunday's paper.

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