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‘Bench is a major Wallaby weapon’

Players coming off the bench in the closing stages will be a major weapon for Australia as they seek to end a run of four successive defeats to England in Saturday's test at Twickenham, forward Adam Coleman has said.

The Wallabies are on a three-test British tour and defeated Wales 29-21 in Cardiff in their first match at the weekend.

"We really have pride in our bench and the impact they make and I've got complete confidence in whoever gets subbed in or subbed out that they add to the team," Coleman said.

"It's not about just being the same, they add that little bit extra in the back end of games."

Australia were beaten last year by England at Twickenham and also lost three tests at home to the side about 18 months ago.

The 26-year-old Coleman insisted preparations for Saturday's match would be no different from any other international.

"We speak about every week being the same, whether you're playing England, whether you're playing the All Blacks," he said. "We're really making sure we get the finer detail in our game and we think that will be the difference.

"We had new systems in place and I think it just took a little bit of time for the boys to really shore up and nail down that detail within our defensive systems.

"I think the boys are down pat now and it's really showing in an 80-minute performance.

Australia last beat England 33-13 in the Rugby World Cup at Twickenham in 2015.

They meet Scotland on November 25 in the last game of their end-of-season tour.


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