Head-to-head record

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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

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