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The Wallabies’ Nick White holds great respect for England manager Eddie Jones for getting into a war of words with him.

Not even the odd Lapis linebacker, Nick White, would be willing to engage in a slang match with Eddie Jones, fearing he would come in second against the England boss.

Jones, a former Wallabies mentor, has started mind games ahead of next month’s series of Tests between Australia and England, warning his players that they will have to deal with “abusive audiences” and “aggressive media”.

But instead of responding to Jones when asked about a reaction to the comments, White – known for his chatter and banter – praised the England mentor instead.

“If there was one person I would definitely not get into a fight with Eddie Jones,” said White of Wallabies’ Sunshine Coast training camp.

“Do you know when they ask that question who do you like to have dinner with? He instantly pops into mind.

“The guy has been coaching international rugby since when? When he talks everyone listens.

“He’s been a success on every level and he’s obviously a very good coach.

“It’s not a fight I’m going to fight with him. I like to pick his brain because he’s clearly seen it all.

“He is a very smart guy and an intelligent worker, and he has had a lot of success. He is someone I really respect.”

The Australia-England match series begins on July 2 in Perth, and White is expected to start with the No.9 jersey.

White’s partner fight on the halves is a three-way feud between Quade Cooper, James O’Connor, and White’s Brumbies teammate Noah Lolesio.

Lolisio said he bounced back from his failed goal-scoring efforts in the moribund stages of the Brumbies 20-19 Super Rugby Pacific’s semi-final loss to the Blues.

“I didn’t realize anyone was in front of me, so I backed myself up and went for it and I was charged,” Lolissio said.

“I definitely learned from her, and if I’m being completely honest, it took me three or four days to get over it because I know it was such a big part of the game and I really felt like I let my teammates down, which is not a good feeling.

“I’ve moved on from that. The biggest thing I’ve learned in rugby is that I have to have a short-term memory when things like this happen. I’m here now and that’s all that matters.”

White praised Lolesio for wanting to get the ball rolling with the game on the line.

“The last thing you want is for someone to go into their shell and be afraid of those big moments, so I thought it was a real positive,” White said.

“The most important thing is that Noah wanted it and he has to keep wanting it.

“That’s what I love playing with him – he always wants that in those big moments.”

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