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Australia captain Stephen Moore welcomes England's promise of all-out assault

Australia captain Stephen Moore has welcomed England's promise of an all-out assault at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday.

Eddie Jones has evoked the 'Bodyline' Ashes series of 1932-33 - in which England defeated Australia by playing a controversial style of cricket - to inspire his Grand Slam champions during the three-match series.

"Test rugby is physical, probably more so than Super Rugby, we know the importance of that, we've prepared for that and we want to make sure that part of our game is solid," Moore said.

"That is one part of the game, but it is an important one. Eddie's always been a great fan of cricket, which is, I guess, why he used that analogy."

The most recent meeting between the rivals was at last autumn's World Cup when Australia left Twickenham with a record 33-13 victory that knocked England out of the tournament they were hosting.

A feature of the game was the Wallabies' unexpected supremacy at the scrum, but hooker Moore refuses to use that night as a reference point.

"It's a long time ago now. A lot has happened since then and we've got it reset the bar," Moore said.

"We haven't played together as a front row yet this year so this is our first opportunity to get out there and show what it means to us.

"We've worked hard on that part of the game as we did last year. We know how important it is in Test level.

"I think we did a lot of work on that part of our game last year to get to a point but didn't get what we wanted to."


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