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On this day: How victory over Wallabies marked start of World Cup run

England go in search of a fifth straight win over Australia this afternoon as Eddie Jones’s side continue their quest for No 1 status in world rugby.

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Jonny May has recovered from the hamstring strain that saw him sit out Englands win against Argentina last weekend and will face Australia tomorrow (Picture: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire).

May’s fast rehab run is ‘bonus’ ahead of England tackling Australia

Jonny May has warned Australia that the fastest man in English rugby is quicker than ever after clocking a speed he thought beyond his capability.

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WE'LL MEET AGAIN: England's George Kruis, in action against Wales at Twickenham in the Six nations in 2016. Picture: David Davies/PA

England exercise restraint in scrum workout against rivals Wales

George Kruis insists England resisted the urge for a “smash-up” with Wales during yesterday’s unprecedented training session in Bristol in order to gain an insight into their set piece strength.

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England's Dylan Hartley, right, is tackled by Argentina's Nicolas Sanchez during a rugby test match in San Juan, Argentina in June (AP Photo/Emmanuel Rodriguez Villegas)

Adapt or fail – Jones’s England preparing for all eventualities

Dylan Hartley insists Eddie Jones’ pledge to introduce “chaos in the house” has already begun as England’s players seek to become completely self-reliant in time for the World Cup.

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Dejected: Englands women were defeated by the Black Fearns of New Zealand in a pulsating final on Saturday. (Picture: Donall Farmer/PA)

England 32 New Zealand 41: Future uncertain for vanquished finalists

Emily Scarratt admitted to feeling “a bit empty” after England’s women saw their hopes of retaining the Rugby World Cup dashed by New Zealand.

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British and Irish Lions' Sam Warburton and New Zealand's Kieran Read shake hands after the series is drawn at Eden Park. Picture: David Davies/PA

Frustrated Kieran Read left with ‘hollow’ feeling after drawn series

New Zealand captain Kieran Read admitted he felt “hollow” after Saturday’s thrilling 15-15 draw at Eden Park left his team’s series against the British & Irish Lions all-square.

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New Zealand coach Steve Hansen chats with British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland after the third Test. Picture: David Davies/PA

Warren Gatland happy to play Twickenham ‘decider’ against All Blacks

Warren Gatland has admitted he would relish a British and Irish Lions rematch with New Zealand at Twickenham in November.

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New Zealand captain Kieran Read with British and Irish Lions'  captain Sam Warburton after the third Test draw in Auckland. Picture: David Davies/PA

Lions’ tour boss John Spencer targets stronger support from clubs for future tours

JOHN SPENCER has insisted the British and Irish Lions would have won their Test series in New Zealand with just one more week’s preparation.

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New Zealand captain Kieran Read with British and Irish Lions'  captain Sam Warburton after the third Test. Picture: David Davies

Highlights - McGeechan hails success of Lions in New Zealand after dramatic Eden Park draw

FORMER coach Sir Ian McGeechan believes the British and Irish Lions will view their tour to New Zealand as a big success after sharing a dramatic Test series draw with the All Blacks.

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The referee blows the final whistle at Eden Park to signal a drawn series between New Zealand and the British and Irish Lions. Picture: David Davies/PA

Highlights: New Zealand 15 British & Irish Lions 15 - Honours even after thrilling Eden Park stalemate

OWEN FARRELL kicked a penalty two minutes from time as the British and Irish Lions claimed a dramatic 15-15 draw against world champions New Zealand at Eden Park.

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British and Irish Lions Sean O'Brien.

New Zealand v The Lions: O’Brien targets ‘ultimate’ victory by beating All Blacks

Sean O’Brien is ready for the biggest game of his career on Saturday as he chases rugby’s “ultimate” achievement – a Test series win in New Zealand.

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British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland.

New Zealand v The Lions: Rob Howley hoping Warren Gatland can have last laugh in decider

ROB HOWLEY has branded New Zealand media criticism of British and Irish Lions boss Warren Gatland as “an absolute disgrace.”

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British and Irish Lions Liam Williams during training.

Lions aim to secure All Blacks’ respect – Gatland

head COACH Warren Gatland would like to think the British and Irish Lions can leave New Zealand next week with respect and believes there is “another level” in them for tomorrow’s Test series decider.

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British and Irish Lions players train in Queenstown. Picture: Brett Phibbs/New Zealand Herald/AP

Video - Familiarity in Lions’ line-up pleases Warren Gatland ahead of decider with All Blacks

Liam Williams has shaken off his leg concern to allow the British and Irish Lions to name an unchanged team for Saturday’s Test series decider against New Zealand.

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British and Irish Lions Maro Itoje celebrates after the second test victory in Wellington. Picture: David Davies/PA.

Man of the moment Maro Itoje pivotal to Lions’ success in Auckland

Taulupe Faletau believes that Maro Itoje has “put a marker down in world rugby” with his performances on the British and Irish Lions’ New Zealand tour.

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British and Irish Lions' Tadhg Furlong pictured during the tour match in Rotorua (Picture: David Davies/PA Wire).

Tadhg Furlong urges Lions to measure up to All Blacks in physical battle

TADHG FURLONG has warned the British and Irish Lions to prepare for the “most brutal” Test match of their careers in Saturday’s series decider with New Zealand.

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British and Irish Lions' Conor Murray dives in to score his sides second try during the second test of the 2017 British and Irish Lions tour at Westpac Stadium, Wellington. (Picture: PA)

Reaction - New Zealand 21 Lions 24: Tourists level series in Wellington thriller

Captain Sam Warburton says the British and Irish Lions’ victory over New Zealand in Wellington will count for nothing unless they win the Test series decider next week.

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Warburton shuns outside world to focus on Lions tour

British and Irish Lions captain Sam Warburton has attempted to shut himself off from the outside world as part of his quest to topple the All Blacks.

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New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen.

New Zealand expecting swift response from wounded Lions and warn ‘job is far from done’

New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen has warned “the job is far from done” ahead of Saturday’s second Test against the British and Irish Lions.

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British and Irish Lions' CJ Stander is tackled during the tour match at the Westpac Stadium, Wellington. Picture: David Davies/PA

Places up for grabs in Wellington as Lions strive to save tour

British and Irish Lions lock Iain Henderson believes his performance against the Hurricanes was “probably overshadowed by the silliness of a yellow card.”

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