England got their Tour of Australia underway with a chastening defeat to the Wallabies, which piles more pressure onto head coach Eddie Jones.
There have been heavier losses under Jones but this was a microcosm of all that has been wrong with England since the 2019 World Cup. Shapeless in attack, porous in defence and comprehensively beaten up at the breakdown and scrum by an Australian team that played more than half the game a man short after Darcy Swain’s red card.
This follows hot on the heels of losing to a Barbarians team that played most of the match with 14 men. A theme is emerging and it is not encouraging.
How many Tests are there?
England will travel to Australia for a a three-Test series this month, with fixtures in Perth, Brisbane and Sydney.
What are the fixtures and results?
First Test, Saturday July 2, Perth: Australia 30-28 England
Second Test, Saturday July 9, Brisbane 10:55am
Third Test, Saturday July 16, Sydney 10:55am
What TV channel are the games on?
The three Tests will be shown live on Sky Sports in the UK. Alternatively, you can follow Telegraph Sport's live coverage of all three matches.
Eddie Jones insisted that referee James Doleman "evened up" England's clash with Australia in Perth as a result of sending off Wallabies lock Darcy Swain.
England were dismal as they stumbled to a 30-28 defeat - a fourth successive loss and first to Australia since Jones took charge in 2015 - despite facing 14 men for a second consecutive match.
Swain was shown a red card for a 34th-minute headbutt on Jonny Hill and although the tourists were leading 6-3 at the time, they duly fell apart with the final scoreline given an undeserved sheen by late tries from Henry Arundell and Jack van Poortvliet.
While Jones clarified that he did not blame Doleman for losing the first Test at Optus Stadium, he claimed that Swain's exit inadvertently helped Australia.
"You look at the history of the game, whenever you get a red card the referee evens it up. He helps the team with the red card," Jones said.
"It's social reciprocity, it happens, that's normal and we've got to be good enough to handle it."