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Farrell aiming to finish on a high and up for test


Big stage: Andy Farrell says England relishing the pressure

Big stage: Andy Farrell says England relishing the pressure

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Big stage: Andy Farrell says England relishing the pressure

Andy Farrell has demanded England end their autumn on a triumphant note when they clash with Australia in the climax to the QBE Series at Twickenham today.

The Wallabies must be toppled if respectability is to be salvaged from a month that promised much until defeats by New Zealand and South Africa led to accusations the team has regressed since the RBS 6 Nations.

It is a game England dare not lose as the countdown to next year's home World Cup continues, but Farrell welcomes the pressure.

"This is a big game. We're disappointed with having lost two games and we obviously want to finish the autumn on a high with a performance and scoreline to match," Farrell said.

"We want a great performance heading into the Six Nations. I'm excited about this match and the fact we've lost out marginally in a couple of games, albeit we've not been at our best.

"Australia are in a very similar position to us. This match is the end of their season and they want to finish on a high. It's a big game for both teams.

"If you can take the positives out of the defeats then it's that Australia have become the pressure game we want. The bigger the game, the better at this stage."

England and Australia collide in a pivotal World Cup group showdown at Twickenham on October 3 - Wales also share the heavyweight pool - but Farrell subscribes to the view that events today will have little influence on what happens 10 months hence.

"Australia are just getting together as a newish side as well. We're all in trouble if we don't improve between now and then," Farrell said.

"Our performances have not been what they could be, so it's important that we go away with a good feeling within the camp.

"It will make it a lot easier if we come into the Six Nations on the front foot.

"Australia are renowned for attacking football. They have shown this autumn t they like to run the ball from everywhere. They will be our biggest test defensively."

Belfast Telegraph