RU: Tom Youngs says England are desperate to atone for last year's loss to Australia

Last Updated: 29/10/13 12:01pm

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Tom Youngs: Featured for the British and Irish Lions during the summer

Tom Youngs: Featured for the British and Irish Lions during the summer

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Hooker Tom Youngs says England go into Saturday's match against Australia at Twickenham seeking revenge for defeat last autumn.

Youngs was one of seven Englishmen in the matchday squad back in July when the Lions trounced the Wallabies 41-16 to clinch a memorable series win.

"We want to make Twickenham a massive fortress over the next two years, building up to the World Cup."
Tom Youngs

However, the Leicester man says it is last November's 20-14 loss to Australia which will be uppermost in his mind this weekend.

"Looking back at last year, they got the better of us, so we're looking to put that right," he said. "That's our main motivation.

"We've looked back at that game in the last week to remind ourselves and get it fresh in our minds.

"The Lions might still be fresh in Australia's minds but this has always been one of the most enjoyable games of rugby. It's England v Australia, which is massive for us and massive for them."

Australia are occasionally accused of fielding a weak scrum but Youngs will definitely not be under-estimating them.

"The Aussie pack don't get the credit they deserve at times," he said. "They're all right, they can hold their own.

"Against Argentina in the Rugby Championship they did well over there, so they will be a massive challenge for us.

"They got the better of us in the scrum last year, so it's up to us to put that right."

Autumn sweep

England also have matches against Argentina and New Zealand in the coming weeks, and Youngs is eyeing three autumn victories.

"We want to win all three games," said Youngs. "In any series you go into, you want to win all your games.

"It's important to set your stall out then, if you get knocked off a little bit, it's about how you recover and deal with that.

"We want to make Twickenham a massive fortress over the next two years, building up to the World Cup.

"This game is huge for us, the first of a long international season, so it's massively important to set our stall out and get a good performance in.

"It's about starting big. You look at the Six Nations and we started pretty well against Scotland but last autumn we played Fiji and then went into the Australia game not quite on the pace of international rugby.

"We were a yard or two short and you can't be a yard or two short in international rugby."

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