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Australia plan to dominate England scrum

Australia hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau has declared the Wallabies will "dominate" England's scrum at Twickenham on Saturday.

The Rugby Championship runners-up were outmuscled by France in last weekend's 33-6 mauling in Paris, enduring a demoralising evening in the set piece. The Cook Cup showdown with England offers their pack the chance to reassert itself and Polota-Nau insists Australia are ready to deliver.

"We are confident we can dominate the English scrum. We have got it right in previous games, we just have to revisit where we were strong and concentrate on that," he said.

"We like to keep our game consistent but Saturday night was our fault. We just have to stick to what we know.

"The collision is one area that we want to dominate because the team that does gets the benefit of go forward ball.

"We are feeling good. The French game is gone and there is a new challenge ahead and everyone is keen to get back out on the pitch.

"My opinion is that if the forwards are good, that is the only way you are going to win a Test.

"It is more about mental preparation for us. We know we have got it, but we just have to make sure that mentally we are right so we can do the physical stuff."

Coach Robbie Deans names his team to play England on Thursday afternoon with David Pocock, their outstanding openside, expected to return from a knee injury.


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