England eye hat-trick of victories over Australia
November 12, 2012
England's Chris Ashton races away to score a memorable try against the Wallabies at Twickenham in 2010 © Getty Images
England will look to make it three wins-in-a-row against Australia when they go head-to-head at Twickenham on Saturday.
A narrow 21-20 victory over the Wallabies in June 2010 - their first on Australian soil since their 2003 Rugby World Cup final victory over the same opposition - was followed with a more emphatic 35-18 triumph at Twickenham later the same year. The latter game also featured an outstanding try from England winger Chris Ashton who boasts three tries in three appearances against the Wallabies.
Australia hold the all-time advantage having won 23 of their 40 clashes including the 1991 World Cup final where a try from prop Tim Daly and boot of fly-half Michael Lynagh carried the Wallabies to a 12-6 victory. England exacted revenge in the 2003 World Cup finale with Jonny Wilkinson sealing a dramatic 20-17 triumph with a drop goal in the last minute of extra-time.
Their intense rivalry, that dates back to their first meeting in Blackheath on January 9, 1909, also includes a memorable 15-15 draw at Twickenham in 1997. England's biggest margin of victory over Australia is 17 points - they won 20-3 in 1973 and 23-6 in 1976, both at Twickenham. Australia biggest victory was 76-0 in Brisbane on England's 'Tour from Hell' in 1998.
England v Australia All-time record: Played: 40, England won 16, Australia won 23, drawn 1.
Biggest winning margin: Eng: 17, 23-6 at Twickenham, 1976; Aus: 76, 76-0 at Suncorp Stadium, 1998.
Highest score: Eng: 32 (32-31) at Twickenham, 2002; Aus: 76 (76-0) at Suncorp Stadium, 1998.
Most tries: Eng: 4 (28-19) at Twickenham, 1988; Aus: 11 (76-0) at Suncorp Stadium, 1998.
Longest winning sequence: Eng: 5 (2000-04); Aus: 4 (1984-88).
Most points (individual): Eng: Jonny Wilkinson 114; Aus: Michael Lynagh 108.
Most tries (individual): Eng: 4 Rory Underwood and Ben Cohen; Aus: 7 Ben Tune.
Most points in a Test: Eng: 22 Jonny Wilkinson at Twickenham, 2002; Aus: 22 Matt Burke at Suncorp, 1998.
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