Australia coach Michael Cheika says there’s no way his side will be bullied by England during Saturday’s World Cup clash.
Carling, who captained England to the 1991 World Cup final, criticised the Red Rose camp on Monday, claiming head coach Stuart Lancaster had created a “classroom-orientated environment”.
Starting the tournament with a brace of tries against Fiji, David Pocock will start his third match at number eight season in what is now familiar surroundings for the 27-year-old.
“Some of the guys weren’t 100 per cent happy with their performance, so there is the opportunity to go out and fix a couple of things that we needed to tidy up from Saturday”.
“But if we can get quick ball, it will change the pattern as well”. This World Cup was at the back of my mind, but I never thought I would be involved, given the likes of Jon (Davies), Jamie (Roberts) and Scott (Williams).
“He said that if anyone walks round the pitch thinking they can take it easy, they will suffer the consequences and if anyone was courageous enough to test that theory, go ahead”.
“I don’t know if that win-or-bust mentality’s there for them – I’d be surprised if that’s the case”. As for the penalties, if we are able to play like I know we can, then the referee is not going to come into matters a whole deal. We have put ourselves in a good position, but nothing more than that.
“Pocock and Hooper are great over the ball”, Morgan said, “which definitely means we have to focus extra hard there and work harder at preventing them from being successful, trying to take away their strength. If we win, the pressure is on everyone else in the group”.
“External motivations like you that last for two minutes on the field”, Cheika said.
“You have got to be right, and that’s our job as coaches to make sure that hopefully we get them mentally right for what is going to be a big challenge”. Because all that can disappear in a heartbeat, our motivation has to come from deep inside.
But in livewire fullback Mike Brown and electric wingers Anthony Watson and Jonny May, England have a dynamic back three to match Australia’s highly-rated trio led by the brilliant Israel Folau. By rejecting the Ashes rhetoric, the Wallabies dominate the narrative with calm and poise – a tactic they hope will unsettle an already nerve-frazzled England.
England badly missed the threat of Jonathan Joseph and the centre is set to replace Sam Burgess in the side for this weekend’s showdown with Farrell retaining his spot in the backline.
“The hunger is unbelievable”, Parling said. Warren just said that I should go out there and express myself.
“The boys have tightened up in a few areas and I believe the scrum is about your attitude”.
“Other teams might have a massive driving lineout game or a huge kicking game”.
It doesn’t bother Cheika, who said he had selected his backrow for its combination and the way the loose forwards – along with blindside flanker Scott Fardy – play complementary roles.