England ready for Australia step up - Care

Scrum half Danny Care says England will be ready for the increase in standard when they face Australia in their second Old Mutual Wealth Series game on Saturday.

England began their November games with a 21-8 win over Argentina at Twickenham Stadium and welcome a Wallaby side who recently beat world champions New Zealand in the Bledisloe Cup and recorded a victory in Wales last weekend.

Eddie Jones’ side have won their last four meeting with Australia, including a 37-21 victory in the Old Mutual Wealth Series a year ago, however Care says England will have to be at their best on Saturday.

“It’s a step up,” said 30-year-old Care. “They’re one of the best in the world and we saw a few weeks ago against New Zealand that is was a great performance.

“All I can say is that we’re looking forward to it, we’ve reviewed the game from the weekend and you’ve got to very quickly park that, move on and get better.

“There’s always a buzz when you’ve got Australia, especially at home at Twickenham – it’s going to be a hell of a game and we’re really looking forward to it.”

Genia threat

Experienced scrum half Will Genia is be expected to line up for Australia in the number nine shirt at Twickenham Stadium this weekend. "It’s up to us to defensively to try and nullify them."

Despite being on the opposition, Harlequins scrum half Care is an admirer of Genia and how he controls their side.

“I’ve always been a massive Genia fan, I think he’s a great scrum half, one of the best in the world," said Care.

“As a fan of his it’s great to see him playing so well, but hopefully he doesn’t play that well at the weekend.

“He’s making the team tick and that’s what they want to do, they want to attack you and play with tempo and he’s massively key to that. Him and Bernard Foley will be looking to take the game to us - it’s up to us to defensively try and nullify them.”

Up the tempo

Care, who came on as a second half finisher in the victory over Argentina, is looking forward to what the opposition fans will bring to the home of England Rugby this weekend.

“We only focus on ourselves but hopefully we get the crowd going," he added. "I’m sure there will be a few Aussies out there who will create a bit of party in the stands and every time you play against Australia the atmosphere is going to be great.

“We’re there to get the job done and get victories and hopefully with that we’ll play some good rugby and the fans will get excited."

England will look to retain the Cook Cup that they have held since June 2016 and Care wants the whole side to add speed to their play.

“We want to get some tempo in the game, we want to play fast, we play on top of teams so it is up to us to win our collisions to get some quick ball, make sure our breakdown is effective and then get the ball to the people who make the magic.

“That’s George [Ford], Owen [Farrell], Alex [Lozowski], Henry [Slade] and JJ [Jonathan Joseph], they’re the type of guys where we want to get the ball in their hands with quick ruck speed."


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