The Legends clash at Twickenham - now for Lancaster's "defining year"
10:09am Friday 1st November 2013 in Rugby Union
The legends of England and Australia clashed at Twickenham last night ahead of the autumn international opener tomorrow.
Jamie Noon, Jason Robinson and Steve Thompson got the tries for the hosts in a 17-12 win, which also saw former Harlequins fly-half Chris Malone bag a try for the Wallabies.
His fellow Quins, Chris Robshaw and Mike Brown, will line up against Australia tomorrow when Stuart Lancaster's men look to avenge a 20-14 defeat last November.
England then face Argentina (November 9) and New Zealand (November 16) in what Lancaster has called a defining year for the national team.
He said: “The key message to the players is that they can’t wait until a game or two into a series to get up to speed.
"An international player has to be ready in the here and now. You don’t get second chances at this level.
"They have got to get that intensity and not wait until they get a kick up the backside. There are no excuses. This is a big game but one that we are ready for.
"We are going to Twickenham with confidence, far more ready for the Wallabies than we were 12 months ago.
"The expectation is that we have a good enough side – definitely. This is a defining year.”
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