AUSTRALIA has the slight upper-hand going into their Rugby World Cup clash against England at Twickenham.
The Wallabies have two World Cup trophies in the cabinet, compared to England’s one. While head-to-head Australia has won 24 of their 43 games.
However, when it comes to recent showdowns between the two rivals, England has claimed victory in the last two games at Twickenham.
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But Waratahs star Rob Horne insists, that won’t lead to them changing their game plan.
“We’re going to play the game the way we play the game. We have a distinct identity of what we’re about,” Horne says.
So far in the competition, Australia has claimed three convincing wins, over Uruguay (65-3), Fiji (28-13) and the USA (47-10).
While England has come up against some tougher competitors and their 28-3 loss to Wales has put them third on the Pool A Table, behind Wales and Australia.
Other results have been wins over Fiji (35-11) and Ireland (21-13).
The Wallabies will be looking to claim a bonus point, with four or more tries against England to be guaranteed a spot in the quarter-finals.
However, they could get a second bite at the cherry, if they lose tomorrow morning (5am AEST) by seven points or fewer.
As for the hosts, there is plenty on the line. Exiting the World Cup at the group stage would be highly embarrassing.