Autumn internationals unstoppable england to maintain run with wallabies win

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England v Australia

Saturday, 14:30

Live on Sky Sports 2

It has been an exceptional year for England and the hosts can put the seal on an unblemished record with victory over Australia in their final match of 2016. Few would have anticipated England embarking on a run of 13 successive wins after the misery of their early exit at the World Cup last year. But the appointment of Eddie Jones has been a masterstroke and inspired a complete turnaround in their fortunes.

The experienced Australian has transformed a team on their knees after the disappointment of flopping as tournament hosts last year. Since his arrival, Jones has galvanised the squad and steered them to 12 victories on the spin. Their form has seen England climb the world rankings and has sparked talk of building a team capable of challenging New Zealand for supremacy in the sport.

England's destruction of the Wallabies in Australia in the summer underlined the huge strides made by them under Jones. Completing a series whitewash overseas was a remarkable outcome against a side which reached the World Cup final. Australia were left reeling by their home defeats and England will hold a significant psychological advantage at Twickenham.

One of their toughest games of the year came last weekend as England overcame an early red card for Elliot Daly to defeat Argentina 27-14. Playing with 14 men for almost the entire match was a huge physical examination for England but they showed their resilience in adversity against the Pumas. It may have taken something out of them but this weekend's opponents were also involved in a draining game of their own.

Australia's hopes of a Grand Slam of victories over the home nations were dashed last weekend after a pulsating 27-24 defeat in Ireland. The Wallabies paid the price for a sluggish start in the first half after falling 17-0 behind. Australia mounted a rally after the break, even briefly taking the lead, but Keith Earls' try won it for the Irish.

There is always a fierce rivalry between England and Australia but the hostility in the two camps has been ramped up a notch in the build-up to this clash. Jones has claimed the Australian media orchestrated a campaign against them during the summer and this week asked for a meeting with referee Jaco Peyper to address the Wallabies' scrummaging technique. In response, head coach Michael Cheika said Jones has tarnished his legacy in Australia. The pre-match needle should only give the Twickenham clash an extra edge.

Recent history certainly favours England with five wins over the Wallabies in the last six meetings. This includes the three victories in Australia during the summer which leaves the hosts with all the momentum heading into this game. The visitors did win against them on their last clash at Twickenham, in the World Cup, but they will be up against a totally different proposition this time round.

While England may well have the edge again this weekend it is not likely they will have it all their own way. Australia are full of attacking talent and will be desperate to avenge their dismal series defeat against them. Four of England's last five wins over them have been by no more than 12 points so there is a strong chance of profiting from this margin of victory.

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