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England vs Australia: Head-to-head

16 November 2012

  • All the facts and figures you need to know ahead of tomorrow's clash
  • Get up to speed on where and when to watch and who to look out for

England fly half Toby Flood summed up the mood of the camp this week ahead of Saturday’s clash with Australia: “We know the intensity will go up dramatically this weekend.”

The last time Australia visited Twickenham in 2010 they were subjected to a record equaling 35-18 defeat but after the visitors' loss last weekend to France they will be looking to put one over on their English rivals. RFU.com runs through all the vital stats ahead of Saturday’s game.

When? Saturday, November 17

Where? Twickenham, Middlesex

Kick-off? 2.30pm

How to keep up with the action

  • Live on Sky Sports 1 from 2.00pm
  • Listen live on BBC Five Live
  • Live text commentary on RFU.com and the free RFU iPhone app (search the app store for Official RFU)
  • Live score updates from Official_RFU on Twitter
  • Match report, post-match interviews and highlights on RFU.com
Ashton scored twice against Australia in 2010

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The teams

England

15 Alex Goode (Saracens); 14 Chris Ashton (Saracens); 13 Manusamoa Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers); 12 Brad Barritt (Saracens); 11 Charlie Sharples (Gloucester); 10 Toby Flood (Leicester Tigers); 9 Danny Care (Harlequins); 1 Joe Marler (Harlequins); 2 Tom Youngs (Leicester Tigers); 3 Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers); 4 Tom Palmer (London Wasps); 5 Geoff Parling (Leicester Tigers); 6 Tom Johnson (Exeter Chiefs); 7 Chris Robshaw (Harlequins); 8 Thomas Waldrom (Leicester Tigers)

Replacements: 16 David Paice (London Irish); 17 David Wilson (Bath Rugby); 18 Mako Vunipola (Saracens); 19 Joe Launchbury (London Wasps); 20 Tom Wood (Northampton Saints); 21 Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers); 22 Owen Farrell (Saracens); 23 Mike Brown (Harlequins)

Australia

15 Berrick Barnes (NSW Waratahs); 14 Digby Ioane (Queensland Reds); 13-Adam Ashley-Cooper (NSW Waratahs); 12-Ben Tapuai (Queensland Reds); 11 Nick Cummins (Western Force); 10 Kurtley Beale (Melbourne Rebels); 9 Nick Phipps (Melbourne Rebels); 1 Benn Robinson (NSW Waratahs); 2 Tatafu Polota Nau (NSW Waratahs); 3 Ben Alexander (ACT Brumbies); 4 Sitaleki Timani (NSW Waratahs); 5 Nathan Sharpe (Unattached); 6 Dave Dennis (NSW Waratahs); 7 Michael Hooper (Brumbies); 8 Wycliff Palu (NSW Waratahs)

Replacements: 16 Stephen Moore (Brumbies); 17 James Slipper (Queensland Reds); 18 Sekope Kepu (NSW Waratahs);  19 Radike Samo (Queensland Reds);  20 Liam Gill (Queensland Reds); 21 Brett Sheehan (Western Force); 22 Mike Harris (Queensland Reds);  23 Drew Mitchell (NSW Waratahs)

What the coaches say

Stuart Lancaster talks with Chris Robshaw

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Stuart Lancaster (England): “There is bound to be a reaction from them on the back of losing against France. The game before that they drew 18 all with the All Blacks and we have all seen the quality of the All Blacks performances so it’s fair to say that there will be a different Australia that we face on Saturday and we have to be ready for it.”

Robbie Deans (Australia): “There aren't too many challenges in test rugby greater than playing England at Twickenham. We are playing an England side that has been building up under its new leadership and will see Saturday as the chance to lay down a marker for the future. They will be excited by the opportunities they saw out of our performance last weekend.”

Head-to-head

  • Played 40, England won 16, Australia won 23, drawn 1
  • Highest scores – England 35-18 at Twickenham in 2010; Australia 76-0 at Suncorp Stadium, 1998.
  • Biggest wins – England 23-6 at Twickenham in 1976; Australia 76-0 at Suncorp Stadium, 1998

Previous ten meetings

  • 2010 England 35- 18 Australia
  • 2010 Australia 20- 21 England
  • 2010 Australia 27 – 17 England
  • 2009 England 9 – 18 Australia
  • 2008 England 14- 28 Australia
  • 2007 Australia 10- 12 England
  • 2006 Australia 43- 18 England
  • 2006 Australia 34 – 3 England
  • 2005 England 26 – 16 Australia
  • 2004 England 19 – 21 Australia

England Key Facts

  • IRB world ranking: 5
  • Most capped player: Jason Leonard (114 caps, 1990 to 2004)
  • Most capped player in match day 23: Toby Flood (51 caps)
  • Most consecutive Test wins: 14 (2002 to 2003)

Australia Key Facts

  • IRB world ranking: 3
  • Most capped player: George Gregan (139 caps, 1994-2007)
  • Most capped player in the match day 23:Nathan Sharpe (109 caps)
  • Most consecutive test wins: 10 (1991-1992)

Stephen Larkham of Australia makes a break

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Did you know?

  • England have a 40% win rate against Australia. The Wallabies have won 23 of their 40 encounters and there has been one draw.
  • Australia inflicted England’s heaviest ever defeat, a 76-0 drubbing at Lang Park Brisbane in June 1998.
  • The average score in the history of this Test match is England 15 – 21 Australia.
  • England’s current fly-half Toby Flood holds the record for the most points in a match by an Englishman against Australia. He scored 25 in his side’s 35-18 victory at Twickenham two years ago.
  • At Twickenham, England have won 11 and lost nine meetings with Australia. They also contested a 15-15 draw in London in June 1997.
  • Three of the last five meetings between these nations have ended in Australia wins, but England have triumphed in both of the last two.
  • England’s 35-18 win in 2010 equalled their best win over Australia. It was the biggest points total they’d every recorded over the Green and Golds and the joint-highest points difference (+17) alongside wins in 1973 and 1976.
  • Toby Flood needs 10 points to make it 50 against the Wallabies. He has 40 in five appearances.
  • Chris Ashton needs one more try to equal the record that Ben Cohen and Rory Underwood hold jointly for tries against Australia. The Saracens wing has three in three appearances.
  • England have won five and drawn one of nine Tests this year, losing three.  Australia have played 12 internationals, won six, drawn one and lost five.