Criticism is external white noise – Catt

Date published: September 29 2015

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England skills coach Mike Catt has described any criticism of the side's loss to Wales as "external white noise" ahead of their meeting with Australia.

Catt joined scrum-half Richard Wigglesworth and backs coach Andy Farrell in fielding questions about the ongoing negative press the squad has received.

And he had a similar answer to those pointing the finger at England's staff.

"The criticism is external white noise which is irrelevant. We are massively excited that we have got Australia at Twickenham and that everything is on this one game for us," he said.

"If you get concerned about the external effects you are not in a good place. Our job is to beat Australia (3 October)."

England are the bookmakers favourites to beat the Wallabies at Twickenham, with team selection set to dominate the headlines leading up to the match.

"Whoever we pick we have total belief that we can score tries. We are doing everything to make sure we get it right. We are very confident with the players making the right decisions at the same time," added Catt.

"There is no rush to finalise the team but everybody is progressing nicely. Jonathan Joseph (chest) had a walk through this morning."

He continued: "We have to make sure they (Australia) don't get the ball as much they usually do. Australia have come on leaps and bounds in their set-piece. They are a dangerous side. But there is a massive belief that we will go out and play."

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