England Autumn Internationals –The Final push

England Autumn Internationals –The Final push

The Final push

After a sloppy 1st half of missed handlings, lack of cohesion and overall energy, we nearly have a Brexit deal. Oh and England beat Japan too. What was predicted to be an easy affair by some turned into a bit of shambles, again not talking about Britain’s departure from the EU. If you were an unbiased Rugby fan, last Saturday would have provided an entertaining affair with perhaps not champagne standards but at least prosecco level played by Japan. The 2nd half was a different tale, the lack of depth in Japans squad showed as mistakes were made and the introduction of Owen Farrell in as number 12 for England made a massive contribution. It will be interesting to see if a replacement at number 10 could have a difference off the field, although Farrell answering PM Question time would be entertaining.

As EU officials meet to finalise Britain’s departure, England and Australia line up at Twickenham this weekend for the final of the autumn series.  

Andy Goode, Ex-England International and Head of Strategic Sales here at moneycorp provides his breakdown of England’s performance against Japan and what to expect against Australia.

The game against Japan was used a test to prepare the squad for the World Cup, with the starting XV and the time in-between games. As previously mentioned in the beginning of this series it’s disappointing to see Danny Ciprani left out the squad, with his impressive performances for Gloucester he should have earned a place. It was exciting to see the fresh faces making a significant impact on the game, resulting in a 1st cap try for Joe Cokanasiga. 

This week Eddie Jones has been a bit quieter than he was in the build up to the Japan game. I believe this is because he realises the important of this game to not only the team but the fans as well. A win against Australia can result in an overall good series with a positive mind set moving forwards. A loss against a team that hasn’t been performing well will lead to further questions about England’s preparations heading into the World Cup. This week the areas of play to watch will be the battle of the breakdown and how the opposite 10’s handle their control of the game.

GBP V AUD

Having previously played in Australia during my career, I fully understand the rivalry between England and the Wallabies, but that brings out the best in both teams. Similarly to New Zealand, the trade war between the US & China has affected AUD alongside the strengthening USD. This is alongside the Federal Reserve tightening grip on their current policy, resulting in lost interest rate support. AUD tends to follow the movement of the global stock market, which can result in their currency being temperamental alongside market news, it is worth monitoring AUD fluctuation with the Brexit and trade war situation. 

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