Jack Nowell: England wing says comeback series win would mean more than 2016 whitewash

Dylan Coetzee

England wing Jack Nowell has said claiming the series decider against Australia in Sydney would rank higher than their dominant whitewash six years ago.

Eddie Jones’s men claimed an impressive 25-17 win over the Wallabies on Saturday, showing promise in the opening stages, particularly whilst fighting off an Australian fightback in the second half.

Nowell featured in all three games against Australia in 2016, and he believes a comeback series win would be a great achievement.

“If I look back to last time we were out here, winning 3-0 was special,” he said.

“But to come from 1-0 down – and hopefully the idea is to be 2-1 at the end of it – is hopefully something I will remember more.”

Turning the tide

England went into the Brisbane Test on the back of four losses and triumphed at a ground where the Wallabies boast an unbelievable record in Test rugby.

“We have had some difficult situations,” added Nowell.

“We let ourselves down and lost a few games and those results, when they back up, are hard to take. But they fired us up to go again.

“The thing we spoke about was that, if we lost the second Test, we lose the series. It was as simple as that and when you keep it that simple, it frees us up on the field.

“The first half we were dominant and then Australia came back. But where we are as a squad, we were able to handle that and fire through it, especially the forwards.

“We had a lot riding on the second Test and, if we had lost, the series was over. When that’s in the front of your minds going into a game, it’s all or nothing.”

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