Cheika savours fresh joust with mate Jones

Michael Cheika is determined to put a dent in Eddie Jones' impressive resume as England head coach by masterminding an upset for Argentina at Twickenham.

Cheika is looking forward to renewing the rivalry with his long-term friend and former Randwick teammate in Sunday's Test (Monday AEDT), having pitted his wits against him on seven previous occasions as Wallabies boss.

Now overseeing Argentina until the end of next year's World Cup, which opens with a pivotal group clash against England, he is eager to get one over a sparring partner he believes has made a positive impact at Twickenham.

"I always look forward to putting myself up against one of the great coaches, and also a good mate," Cheika said.

"He's been England's coach for seven years and that hasn't happened very often there. That takes some substance - it's not just luck.

"He's had a fair bit of success. Reaching a World Cup final isn't too bad and he's won a fair few Six Nations trophies. They won again in Australia this year, so he's gone okay.

"It's always a good tussle with him but it will be a little bit different this time because I'm doing it with Argentina as opposed to Australia - definitely a different feeling about it for me.

"But - and Eddie will be the same - as soon as the game comes around, all bets are off. You try to do your best."

It will climax a big weekend for Cheika, who had coached the Lebanon World Cup rugby league side in their quarter-final loss against Australia on Friday.