Matt Dawson reveals which player holds key to Australia clash

Rugby World Cup winner Matt Dawson has revealed who he thinks will be the key player for England if they are to beat Australia at Twickenham this afternoon.

“Owen Farrell averages 20 points a game in his last four Tests against Australia – and England won the lot.” wrote Dawson in the Mirror.

“So the excitement over his return to the team is wholly understandable. He is England’s talisman, the quarterback of a side beaten only once since 2015.

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“But if that impressive run is to continue today it will be due, first and foremost, to a player completely new to this Ashes rivalry.

“Sam Underhill has only two caps for his country, 50 fewer than Farrell. What’s more he has started only four Premiership matches.


“Yet if England are to hand the Wallabies their first loss in eight Tests, the 21-year-old Bath openside needs to have the game of his life.

“This contest will be decided at the breakdown where Australia’s back row are famously effective. Underhill and fellow flanker Chris Robshaw have to at least match them. It’s non-negotiable.

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