England's Ben Youngs looks to pass to George Ford in the Test against South Africa at Twickenham this month.
England's Ben Youngs looks to pass to George Ford in the Test against South Africa at Twickenham this month. GERRY PENNY

England one win away from perfect year

RUGBY UNION: Scrumhalf Ben Youngs says England's best is yet to come - and the hosts will need to be at their best if they are to overcome a fired-up Australia at Twickenham this weekend.

England will go the entire year unbeaten if it can defeat the Wallabies for a fourth time in 2016.

However Youngs, 27, believes this Australian side will be a far different proposition to the one England took on three times in June and beat each time.

"It was a good (northern hemisphere) summer tour for us and we got the results but this weekend is so different,” he said.

"Each team has played so much rugby since then. When we went to Australia in the summer they hadn't played a match since the World Cup final and we'd had the RBS Six Nations.

"We feel that we've still got a lot more to give performance-wise and I'm sure they're thinking the same way.

"This is the last game of their tour and they'll want to end on a high. There is no chance of complacency creeping in, we are 100% focussed.”

The Wallabies are set to line up without their own scrumhalf Will Genia due to club commitments, but Youngs says Nick Phipps will still present a formidable challenge.

"Phipps played in all three matches in the summer so I know him pretty well. We've studied him before with all his clips playing for the Waratahs in the lead-up to that series,” he said.

"He's a great player in terms of what he offers in his running game, and his combination with (Bernard) Foley is good as they play their club rugby together.

"He's a guy we'll be aware of and one we'll be trying to put under pressure.”


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