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Australia's Matt Toomua monitoring England closely ahead of Leicester switch

Leicester-bound Matt Toomua has been swatting up on England ahead of his move to the Aviva Premiership.

The highly-regarded Australia playmaker returns at inside centre for Saturday's third and final Test against England at the Allianz Stadium in Sydney after six weeks out because of a knee injury.

"I have been watching what happens over in England, a lot more than in the past," Toomua said.

"We can watch the games now, so that's good, and mum and dad don't have to buy a satellite when I go over there.

"I've enjoyed the bits I have watched. It's pretty amazing how many teams, and strong teams, are in the country.

"It's a strong competition so by no means is it a surprise that they've put together a strong national team.

"I know of Dan Cole and the Youngs. Also Ellis Genge, the prop. I said g'day to him after the Melbourne game.

"If I get a chance after the game I'll probably shake their hands and introduce myself."

Australia have already conceded a 2-0 series defeat and are playing to avoid the whitewash.

"It is fair to say our pride has been dented. Two losses in a row is not the ideal start, but at the same time you have to pick yourself up and go again with a view of rectifying things in the first two games," Toomua said.

"All credit to England, they have definitely been the better team in the first two games, no-one can doubt that but we have got an opportunity to show who we are.

"They already have been talking in the press about wanting 3-0 and they are a professional team.

"They are the number two team in the world and if we were in that situation we would be wanting 3-0 as well."

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