England face Australia with a chance to clinch the Test rugby union series between the two nations down under on Saturday, in a match that will stream live one week after England prevailed in the first Test, playing what the scoreboard indicated was their best game ever against the mighty Wallabies.
But despite his team walking out of Brisbane with the 39-28 verdict, England Coach Eddie Jones insists that his young squad, averaging just 24 years old, has considerable room for improvement.
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“We didn’t play well, let’s face the facts. We weren’t sharp in various areas, but we will be next week,” Jones told the BBC following the historic victory — a shocking upset considering that England were dismissed in the group stage of the 2015 Rugby World Cup while Australia made it all the way to the final, only to lose to New Zealand.
“They (Australia) didn’t play well, so whichever side improves the most will win the next Test, and that’s going to be us,” Jones promised.
England has won seven consecutive international matches under Jones since last year’s World Cup debacle.
For Australia, a second straight defeat and with it, a Test series loss to England would be devastating to national sporting pride.
“Rugby Union is not as interwoven into the Australian national psyche as cricket but successive Test losses at home to the Poms inside eight days would plumb new depths,” wrote Robert Kitson, rugby columnist for England’s Observer newspaper last week.
“This was only the fourth victory England have had in the Wallabies’ backyard and they have never won a three-Test series,” Kitson noted.
Watch highlights of the landmark England victory over Australia at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia, June 11, in the video below.
To find out how to watch a live stream of the England vs. Australia second rugby union Test Match, see the streaming links at the bottom of this article.
The match is scheduled to get underway at 8 p.m. Australian Eastern Standard Time on Saturday, June 18, at 30,000-seat AAMI Park in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
For fans in the United Kingdom, that start time is 11 a.m. British Summer Time. And for rugby viewers in the United States, the live stream will begin at 6 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time, 3 a.m. Pacific.
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England players say that they are taking extra care to guard against complacency following their record-setting victory a week ago.
‘It was nice to do what we did in Brisbane but immediately afterwards I told the boys ‘We park that here and we go again,'” England Captain Dylan Hartley, whose 74th national side appearance Saturday will make him the country’s most-capped hooker, said.
“The bigger picture, the real history, is to be made this week and that is the challenge and opportunity for us,” the skipper emphasized.
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ESPN3, the free, online-only network of sports giant ESPN, will carry the England vs. Australia second rugby Test match live stream, with online video from AAMI Park in Melbourne, Australia. Click on this link to watch the two rugby powerhouse nations square off with the Test series on the line, streaming for free on a computer, or on mobile and set-top devices with ESPN3 on the WatchESPN app.
ESPN3 is free to subscribers of almost any major internet service provider and dozens of smaller ISPs. For a complete list, check this link, or try the instructions at this link if you do not have an account with an ISP that carries ESPN3.
Fans in the U.K. can watch a live stream via Sky Go at this link, or by using the Sky Go app for mobile devices. A live radio broadcast stream of the England vs. Australia rugby union Test match from Melbourne, via BBC Radio 5, is available in any country by clicking on this link. U.S. rugby fans who miss the game due to the early-morning start time can catch a full replay of the game via ESPN3 at this link.
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