Australia v England: third rugby union test – live! | Australia national rugby union team


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Preamble

Jonathan Howcroft

Hello everyone and welcome to live coverage of the third and final Test between Australia and England. Kick-off at the Sydney Cricket Ground is at 7.55pm local time, which is 10.55am in the UK.

At one each in the series there is everything to play at the historic SCG, a beautiful arena, and which has not hosted a Rugby Test for 36 years, with English tourists not having made the pilgrimage since 1975. This promises to be an atmosphere cracker with every seat taken for Sydney’s first rugby international since 2020.

After leveling the series in Brisbane last Saturday night, England are heading with momentum. But despite the dominant possession and territory, the tourists lacked a spike that almost allowed the Wallabies to return.

Neither team is complete tonight, with injuries decimating both teams. The Wallabies are particularly hard hit with just six of the 15 men named to start the first Test remaining in their original shirts.

“It’s been a pretty brutal series so far,” conceded Australian coach Dave Rennie, “but we’ve had a good week of preparation which will see us put in a performance that makes Aussies proud on Saturday night. As a team, we have the opportunity to go to Sydney and raise money in a decisive series and that’s something that really motivates us, it’s huge and we know that.

His counterpart Eddie Jones said: “We had a team of 36 people on this tour who competed hard and we’re really proud of their efforts. We go into this Test with a 23 strong team. It’s a young, inexperienced but tight-knit group that has evolved well throughout this series. We want to play with determination and energy to win the series and an historic test match at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Hopefully there won’t be another long list of victims tonight and we’ll be treated to a rivalry-worthy finale.

As always, there’s plenty to chew on before kick-off. If you want to be part of it, contact me by e-mail or tweet me @JPHowcroft if it’s easier.

Sure, it may be two scientists competing for the good of humanity, but it’s still a race for a prize. And it’s a belt, so take advantage of it.




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