analytical mind. On that rests so much.
Australia have kicked on this year, largely due to the shrewd, hard-nosed coaching of Michael Cheika and the orchestrated return to the fold of overseas players such as Matt Giteau. They are certainly a better side than they were when being beaten on their last two visits to Twickenham. They have more heft, a greater sense of themselves – Cheika twice made mention of “making the nation proud” – and far more momentum following their recent victory over the All Blacks and their first Rugby Championship title.
They are legitimate contenders for the World Cup itself, a claim that would be beyond this England side at this stage were it not for the Twickenham factor.
England have reached tonight’s do-or-die juncture a fortnight