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Australia v England Preview - 1st Test

The first of a three-test series takes place this weekend as England take a tour down under for the first time since 2016. The Red Roses came up trumps on that tour with a 3-0 whitewash over their hosts, and while the historical head-to-head record is very balanced, recent clashes have been very one sided. Check out our preview to what should be a thrilling start to the series from the Optus Stadium in Perth.


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Indeed, from the 52 times these great rugby nations have faced each other England edge out the Wallabies 26-25, with one draw occurring, and that lead is courtesy of what is now an eight-match winning streak for Eddie Jones’ men dating back to the 2015 World Cup, so there’s a lot at stake her for the hosts who need a boost to confidence ahead of next year’s World Cup.

The Wallabies suffered three successive defeats in the Autumn Internationals to Scotland, Wales and England themselves, and while they were on a five-match winning streak heading into those games, three of those games came against Japan and Argentina (twice), side they’d expect to beat with some form of regularity.

With that said, Dave Rennie’s men do have a strong home record, losing just two of their last 11 matches on home soil despite facing France (three times), South Africa (twice) and New Zealand (twice), and it could be argued that all of those sides are stronger than this current England side heading over.

England had another poor Six Nations campaign this year, meaning they’ve now won just four of their last 10 outings in the competition, with two of those coming against Italy. They did, however, win five successive matches in between the 2021 and 2022 renewals, including against Australia and South Africa. Those games were played at home though, and they’ve now lost four of their last five away games, with the only exception coming against Italy, so that certainly doesn’t bode well.

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England To Win

Australia have a few key injuries to contend with, especially in the front row. Star man Taniela Tupou misses out for the first test at least as he returns to full fitness, while Reds duo James O’Connor and Tate McDermott have been dropped in a shake up to proceedings. The key battle here will be in the midfield with Quade Cooper the orchestrator for the hosts, with the five-eighth negotiating wins over South Africa, Argentina and Japan last year before being sorely missed for the Autumn tour, while Marcus Smith continues to star in what has been a below par England backline of late.

There shouldn’t be much in this, though with Australia still in transition it’s surprising to see them so short in the 1x2 market. Eddie Jones’ side have had their number in recent years, and if they can focus on nullifying the threat of Cooper, Samu Kerevi and Len Ikitau, there’s not much else the hosts can do damage with. At the prices they look well worth getting behind to take the first test at least. 

ENGLAND TO WIN

 

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