A brief history of England v Australia

England will face Australia at Twickenham Stadium on Saturday 18th November in both sides’ second games of the 2017 Old Mutual Wealth Autumn International Series.

Ahead of their 49th rugby test match STH Live has put together some trivia on the history between the two teams, who currently sit second and third in the world rankings respectively.

The sides first met on the 1908-09 Australia Rugby Union tour of Britain, with Australia beating England 9-3.

Of the 48 test matches, England has won 22 and Australia 25. The sides have drawn just once at Twickenham on 15th November 1997 when the game finished 15-15.

England has faced Australia at the 1987, 1991, 1995, 2003 and 2015 Rugby World Cups. If the two teams meet at Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan it could potentially be their 50th match against each other.

Australia battered England 76-0 in Brisbane on 6th June 1998, which clocks in as the highest winning margin between the sides.

On 21st June 2003 England beat Australia 25-14 in Melbourne, after 11 consecutive defeats on Australian soil.

Australia lost to England in the 2003 Rugby World Cup final on home soil, following a memorable last minute Jonny Wilkinson drop goal making the final score 20-17.

In their first game following Rugby World Cup 2003, Australia defeated England 51-15 in Brisbane.

England crashed out of Rugby World Cup 2015 following a record 33-13 home defeat by Australia, making them the first ever host nation to go out in the Rugby World Cup pool phase.

Whilst England beat Australia in a 3-0 whitewash in the summer of 2016, Michael Cheika’s team have recently seen off New Zealand, Argentina and Wales in impressive style. With both teams in fine form it looks set to be another great clash at Twickenham.

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