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Aussies welcome Hartley aggression

Australia forwards coach Jim Williams has no problem with Dylan Hartley lining up against the Wallabies in Saturday's Cook Cup showdown.

Hartley escaped disciplinary action after crashing into New Zealand captain Richie McCaw with a forearm challenge in England's 26-16 defeat last Saturday.

"That is up for New Zealand. It doesn't concern me too much whether he is in the team or not," said Williams.

The citing commissioner John West studied footage of the incident but took no action, a decision which angered McCaw who criticised the inconsistency of the system.

New Zealand had Keven Mealamu cited for a head butt on Lewis Moody. The All Blacks hooker today appealed against his four-week ban.

Hartley was rewarded for his dynamic impact off the bench with a promotion into England's starting side to face Australia.

He added: "They have got a very good forward pack. Both Dylan and Steve Thompson are very aggressive, they like that contact area like all good number twos. Either way it is going to be a challenge for us on the weekend. Dylan did make a big impact when he came on."

Wallabies scrum-half Luke Burgess acknowledged they cannot solely rely on their devastating runners to win Test matches, especially at Twickenham.

"England have a unique style. They are very strong, they have a great identity with their rugby," said Burgess. "I don't think there is any reason to shy away from laws of rugby. England invented the game, they know about physicality up front and they know about going forward.

"You can't necessarily go around teams without going through them first. We are lucky to have some creative backs but we don't shy away from the work up front."


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