Team Solent rugby coach Rich Freeman says Australia will be baying for revenge when they play England on Saturday afternoon.
Eddie Jones’ side travelled to the Southern Hemisphere in the summer and won the series 3-0, the first time Australia have ever been whitewashed on home soil.
Freeman believes that England’s performances Down Under will give this game an added edge.
“Australia are going to be hunting,” he said.
“You don’t lose 3-0 in your own country and then take it easy when you come back.
“They’ve got some good players available, in the summer they had some missing so it will be a really interesting challenge, but England will be focused on their own task rather than who they are up against.”
Freeman, who also coaches with the RFU, was at the World Cup defeats to the Wallabies and Wales last year and admires how far they have come in such a short period of time.
“I was sat in the stands and I have never felt so empty as an England fan, it was really heart breaking,” he said.
“Usually you’d use the excuse that we’ve got a few injuries, but the way Eddie Jones’ side are playing at the minute, there is an air of confidence.
“Whatever Australia throw at them they’ve got the discipline and the leadership in that team to make it work.
“I think it will be a semi-comfortable win, I think it will be hard fought, but England will win the game.”
England will be looking to equal their record win tally of 13 with a victory at Twickenham, which would go a long way to exorcising the demons of last year’s failed World Cup campaign.
by Macaulay Daley