Farrell calls for Six Nations marker

Date published: November 28 2014

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England coach Andy Farrell wants the side to produce a confidence-boosting performance against Australia on Saturday.

England coach Andy Farrell wants the side to produce a confidence-boosting performance against Australia on Saturday.

The Rugby World Cup hosts have faced unprecedented criticism in the Stuart Lancaster era over the last few weeks, after tough losses to New Zealand and South Africa.

Even victory over Samoa hasn’t quite eased the pressure on Chris Robshaw’s team, with Farrell relishing the profile of the contest.

England face their two Pool A rivals in their next two matches, with Wales following up Australia at the beginning of the Six Nations next year.

“This is a big game,” said Farrell.

“We’re disappointed with having lost two games and we obviously want to finish the autumn on a high with a performance and scoreline to match.

“We want a great performance heading into the Six Nations. I’m excited about this match and the fact we’ve lost out marginally in a couple of games, albeit we’ve not been at our best.

“Australia are in a very similar position to us. This match is the end of their season and they want to finish on a high. It’s a big game for both teams.

“If you can take the positives out of the defeats then it’s that Australia have become the pressure game we want.

“The bigger the game, the better at this stage.”

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