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England promise Australia another stormy collision

England promised Australia another stormy collision in Saturday’s series decider in response to their protests at the degree of turmoil orchestrated by Eddie Jones tourists.

Forwards coach Richard Cockerill has derided accusations made by Wallabies scrum-half Nic White and head coach Dave Rennie about taunting off the ball in the first two Tests, saying he had been “tamed” so far.

Jonny Hill initiated a feud with Darcy Swain in the series opener, eventually prompting a whim from the Australian rookie which resulted in a red card.

A week later, Ellis Genge brutalized White to the ground and triumphantly shoved Michael Hooper in the chest after England scored a try. White was upset by Genge’s actions and said he was surprised by the baiting tactics.

Responding to White’s claim, Cockerill said: “I haven’t seen one of our guys get sent off for a whim (Mike Egerton/PA)

The rivals face off in a decisive final test at the Sydney Cricket Ground and Cockerill has promised the Wallabies even greater physicality.

Responding to White’s claim, Cockerill said: ‘I haven’t seen one of our guys get sent off for a whim.

“I keep hearing about the trouble England have brought. I don’t know how Australian rugby is, but I don’t see that as a problem. It’s been pretty tame so far.

“So we just have to continue our game with a good set piece, tackle some hard clean rucks, be as physical and abrasive as possible, within the laws of the game. I don’t think this is a series particularly dirty so far.

“You want rivalry, don’t you?” You want to spice up the games. The first 15-20 minutes on Saturday…. let’s go because that’s what it’s all about.

“We have two teams playing for the Test series, so we’re both going to go.”

The English squad overwhelmed the hosts for the first half hour in Brisbane in a powerful opener that laid the foundation for their 25-17 series win.

Cockerill will demand a final push in the season’s climax, insisting that England’s success in beating the Wallabies for a second consecutive game will be decided by their attitude.

England Training Camp - King's House School Sports Ground - Tuesday 24th May
The English squad overwhelmed the hosts for the first half hour in Brisbane in a powerful opener that laid the foundation for their 25-17 series win (Andrew Matthews/PA)

“Mentally we are in a very good position and if the brain agrees, the body will follow. We have no qualms about being able to bring the same physique – and more,” Cockerill said.

“I expect Australia to attack us physically. They lost the physical battle at the start of the game last weekend and they will want to fix that.
“We know the physical parts are going to be very important and so within the Laws of the Game we want to be as physical as possible.

“They will have a reaction because in the first 30 minutes or so we beat them physically. So they’re going to come with more physics – well, no surprise for us too.

“We have physicality in different ways all over the pitch. We will bring it as a collective. The sum of our parts is going to be our strength.

“Everything is on the line. We lost the first test and everyone wrote us off and we were under pressure.

“Under pressure, the English teams are coming back very well and the boys have been incredibly good in Brisbane – a place where Australia don’t lose unless they play against England. We’re waiting impatiently.”