Saturday cover: Big day for England and Australia at Rugby World Cup arrives

The National's Sport cover for the Saturday, October 3 issue, featuring England's Sam Burgess as they prepare to face Australia in a do-or-die match at the Rugby World Cup.

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The National’s Sport cover for the Saturday, October 3 issue, featuring England’s Sam Burgess as they prepare to face Australia in a do-or-die match at the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

Hosts England are looking to avoid the ignominy of becoming the first host nation to be elminiated prior to the knockout rounds, but Australia are eager for the opportunity to dash those dreams.

England, however, are betting that their desire will win the day:

“The fact of the matter is that Australia have potentially got a reason to quit. They can go to Wales and get a result. They can afford to lose a game, we can’t,” said veteran scrum-half Ben Youngs.

Either way, the early sniping suggests it will be an emotionally testing affair.

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