Matt Giteau v Brad Barritt
Giteau is highly influential and has a great left-footed kicking game, which Australia use to come out of their half. If you give him scope, Giteau can do some damage but that is why Barritt is there, back where he is most comfortable at inside centre. Barritt has to have the best defensive game of his entire career if England are to have real prospects. He has got to keep the line tight and together. He is there to nullify the Wallaby attack. Barritt has got to be the master of the chaos, able to reorganise everyone quickly and accurately.
2 Israel Folau v Mike Brown
What an aerial battle of the full-backs this promises to be, two great athletes soaring upwards looking to claim that ball. If either side kicks loosely, they will be in trouble. Brown is brilliant at beating the first defender – and once he does that, he needs to be aware of his wings and release the ball. England have to be cute in defending Folau because he tends to beat the first guy with footwork so they need to have the second defender straight in there. They must not back off Folau completely but they do have to be accurate.
3 David Pocock v Ben Morgan
Two No 8s, two different styles of play, two potentially very influential figures. Pocock is world class at the breakdown. He is quick and with such a huge chest and upper body, so difficult to shift over the ball. Pocock is also carrying really well these days, and is a master of tucking in at the back of a driving maul. But Morgan can have just as big an impact on a game, as he showed last November against Australia when scoring two tries. England need to see Morgan at full lick, for him to use the pickup speed he has got.