Australia’s Hooper has the best plans to beat England.
LONDON: Australia must forget their seven consecutive losses to England and view Saturday’s fall international series clash at Twickenham as a new challenge in setting a score for the young team, captain Michael Hooper said.
Australia has not beaten their old foes since a 33-13 victory at Twickenham in 2015, while their previous clash was a humiliating 40-16 defeat in the 2019 Rugby World Cup quarter-finals.
Hooper, who has won two of his 11 events against the English, said coach Dave Rennie has told them to focus on their own strengths.
“It’s about focusing on what we can control and what we can do on the field with our game plan,” Hooper told reporters on Friday.
“We have a good plan for tomorrow, we are excited to implement it and we have to stick with it for 80 (minutes). We think that will pay us well.
“For us on our journey, it’s about what we can offer and what we seek to achieve as a team. Growing our team and establishing a performance that we can be really proud of. These are the games that a boy dreams of being a part of. young man “.
Australia opened their fall series with a 15-13 loss to Scotland at Murrayfield on Sunday, a match in which they showed glimpses of their skill but were also outscored by the Scottish group.
“I’m satisfied with some of the good things we did, there were a lot of things I liked about that game,” says Hooper. “We fought some adversity and we had a couple of chances to win there at the end.
“But we think we can be a much better team than that and be able to deal with what was thrown at us in better ways. We just couldn’t keep building momentum as the game went on.”
Hooper also expects a raucous welcome for Australians in London.
“Last week it was the biggest crowd for some (of the players) and a vocal crowd at that. So this week it’s going to be a level higher at that. And that’s a great occasion.”