AUTUMN INTERNATIONALS: ENGLAND v AUSTRALIA
Date: Saturday 2 November
Kick-off: 14:30 GMT
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Coverage: Live commentary on BBC Radio 5 live & online. Watch highlights on BBC Three, online and on mobiles: Saturday 20:00-21:00 GMT; repeated on BBC Two on Sunday from 13:20 GMT
England v Australia this weekend is a tough one to call even though it's being played at Twickenham.
England haven't played at full strength since their 30-3 hammering by Wales in the Six Nations decider at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff last March and have a lot to improve on.
Australia have won only three of their past 10 matches but are showing signs of improvement under their new head coach Ewen McKenzie.
So which areas will be pivotal to the outcome of Saturday's match, and where might England seek to gain an advantage?
The scrum must be a talking point...
England will feel they have the advantage at scrum time, as do most top teams when they play the Wallabies, having smashed Australia in that phase in the past.
Remember, the laws have changed. As a result the team that's more technically gifted has a big advantage, so if England have worked even harder with forwards coach Graham Rowntree on how to take advantage of the new laws, then England will profit.
Last five meetings
Nov 2012 - England 14-20 Australia
Nov 2010 - England 35-18 Australia
Jun 2010 - Australia 20-21 England
Jun 2010 - Australia 27-17 England
Nov 2009 - England 9-18 Australia
Scrummaging is not a traditional Australian strength. It's a big embarrassment because there's no real excuse not to be good, given the size and strength of props James Slipper and Ben Alexander, and hooker Stephen Moore. It is a collective thing but it does start in the front row.
Australia only won 63% of scrum ball on their own feed in the recent Rugby Championship - the worst of the four teams.
If the England front row of Mako Vunipola, Tom Youngs and Dan Cole can dominate their opposite numbers, psychologically it will go a very long way to securing a victory for England.
At the other set-piece, the line-out, Australia won 100% in the same fixture last year. Their success rate was still 86% in the recent Rugby Championship. England were down to 83% during the 2013 Six Nations, so Stuart Lancaster's team need improvement there.
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