England look to build momentum Down Under ahead of next year’s World Cup
England’s men faced off against Australia on Saturday for their first clash in the three-Test series Down Under. Australia claimed a 30-28 victory with a disrupted and much changed Wallabies side. The match had looked to be going England’s way when Australia’s Darcy Swain was shown an early red card, however a flurry of three tries in 17 minutes took the game away from England in the second half. England coach Eddie Jones, who was undefeated in his last six matches against his native country going into Saturday’s match, must now look to turn the Test series around, with many seeing the next two matches as key to recovering England’s momentum ahead of Rugby World Cup France 2023. With the tournament fast approaching England Rugby fans’ hopes may rest on some of their young emerging talent, as they aim to fight back in this three-match series.
These two great rugby nations are no strangers to each other, having a historic rivalry dating back to 1909. In more recent years the two nations agreed to face each other bi-annually for a decade, establishing the Cook Cup in 1997, which was renamed the Ella-mobs Trophy for this summer’s series. This series, which has been contested nearly every year since its inception (excluding World Cup years), is England’s first in Australia since 2016. Six years on, after three Six Nations victories and a World Cup final, England are a much-changed outfit as they gear up for next year’s World Cup. England once again find themselves in a period of transition as Eddie Jones is hoping to bed in some young blood for the Australian series. Of his 36-man travelling party he has named eight uncapped players, including London Irish’s Henry Arundell and Jack van Poortvliet, who marked their impressive debuts with tries in the closing minutes of Saturday’s game, boosting England fans hopes as their young stars of the future look to secure a place in England’s World Cup squad.
All roads lead to Rugby World Cup France 2023. After their successful World Cup campaign in 2019, which saw an impressive run that took them all the way to the Final, England Rugby fans will be dreaming once again of another tournament to remember. The World Cup is the highlight of the rugby calendar with 20 teams carrying the hopes of their nations as they compete for the iconic Webb Ellis Cup. The tournament, which will be held across France’s picturesque cities, is sure to provide the backdrop to the rugby experience of a lifetime. Rugby World Cup France Is the pinnacle of the sport in 2023 and an unrivalled opportunity to watch the highest calibre international teams play off against one another to lift the trophy. With the tournament almost a year away, now is the perfect time for England, Scotland and Wales fans to get their travel plans in motion and secure their place at the festival of rugby.
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