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It is always a treat when an English side tours Australia and this is set to be one of the most exciting mid-seasons test series in recent memory.

England were an abject failure during the 2015 Rugby World Cup on their home soil, but they have a new lease on life under new coach Eddie Jones and they are yet to lose a game under his care.

Can the Wallabies snap England’s winning streak or will England record their first win over Australia in Brisbane?

Australia Vs England

Saturday 11 June, 8:00pm, Suncorp Stadium

Recent Meetings

Australia famously beat England in the pool stages of the Rugby World Cup last year, but England were able to beat the Wallabies in their two previous test matches at Twickenham in 2013 and 2014.

This will be the first time that the two sides have met in Australia since England scored a one point victory over their rivals at ANZ Stadium in 2010, but Australia won their four meetings before that on home soil.

Brisbane especially has not been a happy hunting ground for England – the Wallabies beat them 76-0 at Suncorp Stadium in 1998 – and they have lost all four of their test matches against Australia in the Queensland capital.

Analysis

Eddie Jones had mixed results with Australia, but he has been a revelation with England and they were very impressive during their unbeaten run during the Six Nations.

They still played with a conservative mindset and the majority of their points came through penalty kicks, but they never looked like losing a game and their style of rugby was much more attractive than it was during the Rugby World Cup.

Whether they will be able to replicate this success on Australia soil is the big question, but they do have the advantage of having played a number of tests together during 2016 to date.

Australia have not played a test match since they lost to New Zealand in the 2015 Rugby World Cup Final in October and this lack of match practice could be an issue.

In saying that, the Wallabies have often made slow starts to their international seasons and in the past four years they have lost test matches first-up to both Samoa and Scotland.

This is a new-look Wallabies side and there are a number of players in this side that do not have a great deal of experience at test match level, especially in the backline.

Israel Folau will likely be the key man for Australia and his performance could dictate whether they come away with the victory, while scrummaging will also be vital for both sides.

This is an intriguing test match and execution could prove crucial, an area in which England will have the advantage as long as they have settled into Australia efficiently.

I think that there is not as a big a difference between these two teams as their odds suggest and the $2.30 available for an England victory do represent some value.

Recommended Bet: England To Win @ $2.30

 

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