England v Australia - QBE International match preview
Last Updated: 17/11/12 12:58pm
England coach Stuart Lancaster claims his side will go into Saturday's QBE International against Australia with an "inner belief".
Lancaster has worked wonders with the England squad in his first year in charge, guiding them to second in the RBS Six Nations, while there were plenty of positives from the 2-0 series defeat to South Africa in the summer.
And after opening up the autumn Tests with a convincing win, Lancaster believes his side can make the step up against Australia - who arrive at Twickenham on the back of a thumping loss to France.
Lancaster, who has made one change to his line-up with Chris Ashton recalled in place of Ugo Monye, said: "We took on South Africa in their own back yard in the summer. While we didn't win we should have won the third Test and that gave players tremendous self-belief and confidence that we can go toe-to-toe with them.
"We have a long way to go in these three games. The players have an inner belief that is building and the performances in South Africa certainly helped.
"I get no sense we are lacking self-confidence going into the game but equally we are not overly confident. It will be a full-on Test match.
"Australia will be bouncing back from France and wanting to put it straight. We will need to be on our mettle."
Australia coach Robbie Deans has named Digby Ioane, Berrick Barnes, Ben Alexander and Sitaleki Timani in the starting XV following the 33-6 loss in Paris.
"We want to feel a lot better about ourselves when we walk off the park. There are a number of things we must do to do that," Deans said.
"It was a tired effort against France. We've got to have more energy. If we stand and watch the result will be similar."
England: 15 Alex Goode, 14 Chris Ashton, 13 Manu Tuilagi, 12 Brad Barritt, 11 Charlie Sharples, 10 Toby Flood, 9 Danny Care, 8 Thomas Waldrom, 7 Chris Robshaw (c), 6 Tom Johnson, 5 Geoff Parling, 4 Tom Palmer, 3 Dan Cole, 2 Tom Youngs, 1 Joe Marler.
Replacements: 16 David Paice, 17 Mako Vunipola, 18 Joe Launchbury, 19 Tom Wood, 20 Ben Youngs, 21 Owen Farrell, 22 Mike Brown.
Australia: 15 Berrick Barnes, 14 Digby Ioane, 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12 Ben Tapuai, 11 Nick Cummins, 10 Kurtley Beale, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Wycliff Palu, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Dave Dennis, 5 Nathan Sharpe (captain), 4 Sitaleki Timani, 3 Ben Alexander, 2 Tatafu Polota Nau, 1 Benn Robinson.
Replacements: 16 Stephen Moore, 17 James Slipper, 18 Sekope Kepu, 19 Radike Samo, 20 Liam Gill, 21 Brett Sheehan, 22 Mike Harris, 23 Drew Mitchell.
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Samoa0 - 0New Zealand
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South Africa0 - 0World XV
Sat 8th Aug
Wales0 - 0Ireland
Sat 15th Aug
Argentina0 - 0South Africa
New Zealand0 - 0Australia
Ireland0 - 0Scotland
England0 - 0France
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Italy0 - 0Scotland
France0 - 0England
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Ireland0 - 0Wales
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France0 - 0Scotland
England0 - 0Ireland
Wales0 - 0Italy
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