What are England's chances against Australia? We consult the Eddie Jones smile-o-meter


Australia will visit Twickenham on Saturday in the climax to the autumn series, aiming to avenge their whitewash in June and prevent England from accumulating a team record-equalling 14th successive victory.

So how will England fare against their rivals from Down Under? Let's look at the Eddie Jones smile-o-meter.

Mind games

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Michael Cheika has had his say on Eddie Jones (Niall Carson/PA)

Things have got pretty heated between the two head coaches. Michael Cheika claimed his old Randwick team-mate has manufactured a "chip on his shoulder" and has tainted the legacy he established in his homeland as a former Wallabies coach.

Jones has remained pretty serene throughout, stating "everyone makes a choice in life about what they say and how they behave. If that's how he wants to behave, that's entirely up to him".

"We are comfortable how we have behaved and comfortable how we have represented rugby."

Go on then Eddie, don't let them get to you. That deserves a nine.

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(Andrew Matthews/PA)

The scrum

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England collapses a scrum during their rugby test match against Australia earlier this year (Rob Griffith/AP)

Let's face it, this is mostly what people are talking about in the lead-up to the game. If it's not Joe Marler "illegally" angling in at loosehead, it's Dan Cole doing the same on the other side of the scrum, according to the Aussies.

Jones hit right back at them this week, declaring "illegalities" in the Australia's scrum as a whole - they were penalised four times in a row against France - possibly with good reason. Cheika came back again saying that Dan Cole's scrimmaging tactics had been illegal for his whole career.

Is it mind games or are there kernels of truth? The England scrum hasn't looked its strongest in the last few games, but a lot will depend on the referee. Jones has met with the ref despite Cheika declining an invitation to join, so perhaps Jones has a clearer idea of what he'll be looking out for. It's a six.

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(Paul Harding/PA)


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Israel Folau could be dangerous (Rick Rycroft/AP)

This is where the Wallabies may just have the upper hand. Their game against Ireland showed a fast, dynamic attack, which England will have to meet with a solid well-drilled defence to hold them back. In particular, Waratahs' Israel Folau - a genius under a high ball - will need to be contained.

Jones will be hoping this new-found dynamism from the Australia team may result in penalties as the over-eager players infringe offside, as they did against Ireland last week.

England's autumn international show so far has been one of excellent, polished set-plays. However, against a rising Australia with a point to prove, they will need quick reactions and nerves of steel. Eddie's smile-o-meter puts this at a five.

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(Andrew Matthews/PA)


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England celebrate beating Australia three games to none in June (Rob Griffith/AP)

This is the number one concern for both teams in the run-up to this last autumn international.

England's 13-game unbeaten run and three consecutive victories versus the Wallabies may serve to bolster their confidence, or the expectation may get too much. Jones will be hoping the former is true but has acknowledged that complacency may be a factor in deciding the test.

"It makes us more vulnerable and them more hungry. Whenever you get beaten your attention is more and you want it more," he said.

"When you have had some wins your appetite is pretty full and it's a test of the mindset on Saturday. That's why I'm excited."

Eddie seems pretty confident and so are we. A strong start will ensure the confidence is buoyed. It's a nine.

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(Andrew Matthews/PA)

Injuries and suspensions

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Billy Vunipola will be missing from the England line-up due to injury (Rick Rycroft AP)

England will be missing a couple of prominent players for this game: Billy Vunipola, the number eight who has flourished under Jones' leadership, is out with a knee injury and new star Elliot Daly is serving out his three-week ban for a dangerous tackle in last week's winning game against Argentina.

However, Jones looks to have achieved balance with dynamic, puppy-like May on one wing and dogged hard-working Yarde on the other.

As for the almost-irreplaceable Vunipola, Jones has gone for the next best thing in Nathan Hughes. England will feel Vunipola's absence but Hughes' go-forward attitude should calm some of those nerves.

Let's not pretend Billy isn't a loss, but with most of the team intact from the successful Springbok and Puma wins, it's an eight.

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(Andrew Matthews/PA)

Overall, it's looking pretty good.

England and Australia team line-ups

England: M Brown (Harlequins); M Yarde (Harlequins), J Joseph (Bath), O Farrell (Saracens), J May (Gloucester); G Ford (Bath), B Youngs (Leicester); M Vunipola (Saracens), D Hartley (Northampton, capt), D Cole (Leicester), C Lawes (Northampton), G Kruis (Saracens), C Robshaw (Harlequins), T Wood (Northampton), N Hughes (Wasps).

Replacements: J George (Saracens), J Marler (Harlequins), K Sinckler (Harlequins), C Ewels (Bath), T Harrison (Northampton), D Care (Harlequins), B Te'o (Worcester), H Slade (Exeter).

Australia:I Folau (Waratahs), D Haylett-Petty (Western Force), T Kuridrani (Brumbies), R Hodge (Rebels), S Naivalu (Rebels), B Foley, N Phipps (both Waratahs), S Sio (Brumbies), S Moore (Reds, capt), S Kepu (Bordeaux), K Douglas, R Simmons (both Reds), D Pocock (Brumbies), M Hooper (Waratahs), L Timani (Rebels).

Replacements: T Latu (Waratahs), J Slipper (Reds), T Robertson, D Mumm (booth Waratahs), S McMahon (Rebels), N Frisby, Q Cooper (both Reds), H Speight (Brumbies).