England supporters cheer before the Rugby World Cup 2015 match in Pool A between England and Wales at Twickenham in London, Britain, 26 September 2015.
England supporters cheer before the Rugby World Cup 2015 match in Pool A between England and Wales at Twickenham in London, Britain, 26 September 2015. EPA - Facundo Arrizabalaga

Experts picks - Australia v England

OUR rugby experts from across the ditch have made their predictions for the Rugby World Cup pool A crunch match between Australia and England.

Patrick McKendry

Wallabies 12 and under
England are in disarray, Australia are looking increasingly dangerous. Their backs should cut the English to pieces at Twickenham and David Pocock and Michael Hooper should ensure their team win the breakdown battle. The robotic English forwards look a bit uncomfortable handling the ball; the Aussies much less so.

Wynne Gray

England 12 and under
England will pinch this by a small margin. Familiarity with Twickers, massive crowd support, referee Romaine Poite, superior goal-kicking and the extra adrenaline they will use, knowing that a slipup will tarnish the nation's hosting work and leave them on the brink of their worst result in RWC history.

Dylan Cleaver

England 12 and under
Because they have to. I'm picking desperation, a Northern Hemisphere referee and a few iffy scrum penalties to be the difference.

Nigel Yalden

Wallabies 12 and under
Pocock x Hooper + Fardy = Breakdown dominace; Breakdown dominance + Kuridrani x Folau = Wallabies win

Elliott Smith

Wallabies 12 and under
England will be made to look inept at the breakdown as Hooper and Pocock replicate their efforts from Sydney. The Aussies lose a bit of shape late in the game with substitutions but are still out of reach for the hosts.

Jared Savage

Wallabies 12 and under
Tempted to follow bookies and pick home team but England, as seen in loss to Wales, will buckle under pressure. Workhorse loosies will struggle with double trouble of Pocock and Hooper.



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