Parling: Our final is on Saturday

Date published: September 30 2015

Geoff Parling insists that England will treat their Pool A fixture against Australia at Twickenham on Saturday as their Rugby World Cup final. 

With Wales, Australia and England all drawn in the 'Pool of Death', one of the proud rugby nations was always going to miss out on the last eight.

Following England's narrow defeat to Wales on Saturday, the hosts must now beat Australia in order to make the play-off stages of the tournament. 

This is a fact that Parling and the team are acutely aware of – and they will use it as ammunition to fire themselves up for the match.

"Our World Cup final has just come a little bit earlier, hasn't it?" said the lock on Sky Sports.

"We're up for a massive game this weekend. The hunger is unbelievable. We have been building towards this World Cup for a long, long time. We know we probably threw away an opportunity last weekend and we do not want to repeat that. This is the game of our lives.

"This is everything to me, it's everything to the other players, to the staff – get behind us and back us because we are doing everything we can to give the best account of ourselves at the weekend and I'm sure we will."

Parling reminded the press that England got themselves into a great position to win against Wales and that their 50 minute performance needs to be turned into an 80 minute one. 

"When you are ten points up in a game like that, you get a couple more penalties or the next try – suddenly the other team is chasing it and they do what they're not meant to do," added the 31-year-old.

"We get ourselves in good positions, we have just got to finish them off. We allowed them back in it when we were ten points up – take everything else out of it. When we get ahead, stay ahead and keep going ahead. Get our foot on them and don't let them get back up.

"I think we showed for 50 minutes that when we focus on us, we get what we do right and we do it well – we are a very good team. We have got to keep that going."