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Saturday 3rd December 14:30 GMT

 

England bring the curtain down on the Autumn international series on Saturday, when they host the touring Australian Wallabies at Twickenham Stadium. The Red Rose will be looking to secure an unbeaten 2016 and a fourth victory in the calendar year against the Australia, having whitewashed the Wallabies down under by 3-0 in June. While the visitors will be hoping to pick up a fourth win from five fixtures on their European tour.

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After defeating Argentina last weekend by 27-14, having had to play for 75 minutes with 14 men, following the red card issued to Elliot Daly, England have now won all 12 Games that they have played under the guidance of Head Coach Eddie Jones. They will equal the national record of 14 straight wins should they overcome the Wallabies. The Wallabies were hoping to claim a home nations Grand Slam for the first time since 1984, but fell at the third hurdle last weekend, when they lost a topsy turvy fixture against Ireland in Dublin. Having trailed 0-17, they fought back to lead 24-20, but were unable to hold on, and were beaten 24-27. Previously on the tour, the Australians had comfortably defeated Wales by 32-8, before claiming narrow wins against Scotland 23-22 and France 25-23.

Posted: 29th November 2014

 

Just a year away from the Rugby World Cup which is to be held in England, the host nation appears to have been thrown into disarray by the Autumn series of internationals. Ahead of Saturday's Cook Cup fixture at Twickenham against Australia, England have suffered three point defeats by both the New Zealand All Blacks and the South African Springboks. They did at last open their account last weekend with a laboured victory over the South Sea islanders from Samoa.The 26 year old Owen Farrell started the first two internationals at fly-half, but was moved to inside centre against the Samoans, allowing Bath's George Ford to make his first start in the pivotal No.10 shirt. On Saturday, Farrell finds himself out of the starting XV altogether, as Gloucester's Billy Twelvetrees is introduced into the England midfield, outside Ford.

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The Wallabies will look on the Autumn tour as a success, whatever the outcome of Saturday's match. They arrived in Europe as a side in turmoil, and will leave for home looking like a side that will make a real challenge for the title at next year's World Cup, where they will face the hosts in the Pool stage. Wins against the Barbarians and Wales, have been followed by narrow defeats to France and Ireland, but the Australians once more look like one of the most exciting sides in the international game, and the Summer's problems on and off the pitch seem to be well and truly behind them.

Posted: 2nd November 2013

 

Rugby League convert, Joel Tomkins has been selected to make his England debut at outside centre in the first Test match of the autumn series, against Australia. The 26 year old, whose brother Sam will, be representing England in the Rugby League World on the same day, against Ireland, will form a new centre partnership with Gloucester's Billy Twelvetrees at Twickenham. Coach Stuart Lancaster has sprung more of a surprise than naming Tomkins, by naming Northampton's Lee Dickson at scrum-half ahead of Leicester's Ben Youngs, who toured Australia in the summer with the British Lions, and is named on the bench. Billy Vunipola will start a Test match for the first time, and Marland Yarde his second. 

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Tomkins, who only switched codes in 2011, said that when he made the move from Wigan to Saracens, one of his goals was to make the England side. However, he never expected the dream to come true quite so quickly in his rugby union career. The 20 year old, number eight, Vunipola, made his firs two Test match appearances from the bench, during the summer tour to Argentina. On Saturday, he will play alongside his 22 year old elder brother, Mako, who starts at loose head prop, for the first time.

Posted: 17th November 2012

On Saturday, the 17th of November, England and Australia play in Twickenham in the Australia Tour, which is going to be held at 14:30 local time and GMT. This is one rivalry that you don't want to miss, between two of the best rugby teams in the competition. These two have played two Rugby World Cup finals in their history, as well as in other matches throughout the decades. England will be looking at a third consecutive win, as they prepare for this weekend. They have only had three consecutive wins over the Wallabies once before.

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England just finished beating Fiji badly last weekend, and they are coming to this match with a lot of confidence, while the Australian team went up against France and Robbie Deans side lost to the French Team.


Tags: Twickenham Stadium, Australia, England, Eddie Jones, Rugby World Cup, Owen Farrell, Joel Tomkins, Rugby League World, Lee Dickson, Ben Youngs, Marland Yarde, Australia Tour, Robbie Deans
Posted: 3rd December 2016


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