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Welcome to live coverage of the third Test decider between the Wallabies and England at the SCG.

After two tight Tests, we are ready for the decider between the Wallabies and Eddie Jones’ England in what will be the final rugby international at the SCG.

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Jones’ England sent the series to the decider after beating Dave Rennie’s side 25-17 in Brisbane last weekend. It comes after a 14-man Wallis outfit beat Perth 30-28 in their opener.

Both teams have been wracked by injuries, with the Welsh particularly pinched as they lost 11 players in a row at various points, while England lost three of their main strikers – Maro Itoje, Tom Curry and Sam Underhill – to concussions. It comes as they leave a number of stars at home, including Manu Tuilagi and Kyle Sinckler.

In the months and years to come, injuries will be forgotten and the only thing recorded in history will be the scoreboard, with the winner taking home the Ella-Mobs trophy.

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Wales boss Michael Hooper downplayed the overall significance of the game but admitted it felt like a World Cup play-off.

“This is too far. “I think it’s a good place to be in because it’s a good place for the team, the guys in the area, the pressure games, it kind of knocks that situation off,” he said.

“It’s good to be a part of it in terms of the lessons we get out of it.

“Now it’s just about executing, and with what we’ve done this week we’ll definitely take away the confidence and heading into the game – we’re happy with our preparation.”

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The Welshmen and England are playing their first Test since 1986 at the Sydney Cricket Ground.  Photo: Getty Images
The Welshmen and England are playing their first Test since 1986 at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Photo: Getty ImagesSource: Getty Images

The worrying trend under Rennie continued, with the Walleyes losing 10 of 11 attempts under the coach after trailing at halftime.

The Walleyes are concerned about the ever-increasing injury rate, which saw Rennie move to fourth fullback and hand Reece Hodge the No.15 jersey after injuries to Tom Banks, Andrew Kellaway and Jordan Petaya.

Rennie surprisingly dropped versatile defender James O’Connor after last week’s second-half disaster, but with only Len Ikitau and uncapped winger Suliasi Vunivalu on the bench, the Wallis have few options to cover the No.10 shirt.

Rennie is banking on Hodge being able to cover Noah Lolesion as a player should anything happen to the rising No.10. It will also see Tom Wright move into the fullback position due to the apparent inexperience of the back three.

The England side made three changes, two of which were forced by Jones’ header.

Ollie Chesum was locked in, Lewis Ludlam slotted in at the open flanker while Danny Kerr got ahead of Jack van Portviet.

Jones wants England to play with the same attacking approach that Queensland showed in their home state win on Wednesday night.

Wallis (15-1) Reese Hodge; Tom Wright, Adagne Paysamy, Samu Kerevi, Marika Koroibete; Noah Lolesio, Nick White; Rob Valletini, Michael Hooper (c), Harry Wilson; Matt Phillips, Nick Frost; Tanila Tupu, David Porecki, James Slipper

Reservations Ship, Angus Bell, Alan Alaalatoa, Rob Liotta, Pete Samu, Tate McDermott, Len Ikitau, Suliasi Vunival.

England (15-1) Freddie Steward; Jack Nowell, Guy Porter, Owen Farrell, Tommy Freeman; Marcus Smith, Danny Kerr; Billy Vunipola, Lewis Ludlam, Courtney Laws (c) Johnny Hill, Ollie Chessum; Will Stewart, Jamie George, Ellis Jenge

Reservations Luke Cowan-Dickie, Mako Vunipola, Joe Hayes, Nick Isikewe, Jack Willis, Jack Van Portviet, Will Joseph, Henry Arundel.

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