The England rugby union national team will try to grab what Coach Eddie Jones calls “a once in a lifetime opportunity” to blank Australia in a three-game international test series on the Wallabies’ own home turf in a match that will stream live Saturday, with England already taking the series thanks to a 23-7 victory in Melbourne last weekend.
The series victory is the first ever for an England rugby side away against Australia. But a win in Sydney on Saturday would give England the first three-match sweep of Australia down under by any visiting team in 45 years.
“This is the most important game we’ll play all year.” Eddie runs the rule on selection for the 3rd Test in Sydney:https://t.co/8Xj8dzj2NI
— England Rugby (@EnglandRugby) June 23, 2016
The last time it happened was 1971, when the South Africa Springboks invaded Australia and blew away the Wallabies three games straight. Not even mighty New Zealand has accomplished the feat in the decades since.
That’s why Jones has cautioned his players not to be satisfied with their already-historic series win, one of the great achievements for an England international side in any sport — and not to let the plaudits they’ve received for their remarkable performance go to their heads.
“It’s a fantastic opportunity. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity to beat Australia 3-0,” Jones said this week.
“When you’ve had a couple of wins praise can make you weak and we have to be careful that all the praise doesn’t make us weak. If you become weak once, you can become weak twice and to be a champion team you can’t be like that. Outside praise is dangerous for a team and they’ve been getting a lot of it, so we just have to be careful,” the coach added.
Watch highlights of the Second Test between England and Australia, played in Melbourne on June 18 and won by England, in the video below.
To find out how to watch a live stream of the third and final Test match in the England vs Australia international Test rugby union series, see the streaming links at the bottom of this article.
Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. Australian Eastern Standard Time at Allianz Stadium in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, on Saturday, June 25.
For fans in the U.K., that kickoff time will be 11 a.m. Rugby fans in the United States will need to set their alarms Saturday morning to catch the live stream, which gets underway at 6 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time, 3 a.m. Pacific. But there will be a streaming full replay of the match available. See the link below for that, as well.
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Australia Coach Michael Cheika is going all-out to head off the potential humiliation of a three-match whitewash by arch-rival England, with three changes from last weekend.
Rob Simmons and Will Skelton return as starting locks, while Matt Toomua comes back into the side at inside center.
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ESPN3, the free, online-only network of sports giant ESPN, will carry the England vs. Australia third and final rugby Test match live stream, with online video from Allianz Stadium in Sydney, Australia. Click on this link to watch the two rugby powerhouse nations square off with a Test series whitewash 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 Sydney, 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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