England would become the first single host nation to fail to reach the knockout stage if they lose for a second consecutive weekend.

Geoff Parling knows from his experience with the Lions two years ago how to deliver success when the stakes are at their highest.

“Our World Cup final has come a little earlier and it’s a massive game against Australia. The hunger is unbelievable,” said Parling.

“We have been working towards this World Cup for a long time and know we threw away an opportunity against Wales and don’t want to repeat that. This is the game of our lives.”

James Clark