Ben Youngs has urged England to “fight right until the end” when they collide with Australia in Saturday’s World Cup quarter-final at Oita Stadium.
The biggest moment of the Eddie Jones era arrives on the island of Kyushu as four years of build-up to Japan 2019 reaches a win or bust clash with the Wallabies that could shape the head coach’s future.
England have compiled a six-match winning run against Australia and enter the first of the weekend’s quarter-finals as clear favourites, but the Wallabies are battle hardened by a tougher group campaign.
“We enjoy defence, it’s part of our game. It’s infectious to us, it gives us energy,” defence coach John Mitchell said.
“Ultimately we want to be physical. It’s important to dominate the collision. That creates slowness of ball and it brings opportunities. Ultimately, defence is a form of attack and you have to feed your attack.
“Australia come with so many different threats, they are clever and they enjoy playing with width. It certainly makes everyone in our team aware.”