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Last Updated: Monday, 24 September 2007, 18:01 GMT 19:01 UK
Australia expect to face England
Australia's Berrick Barnes
Berrick Barnes kicked a drop goal in Australia's victory over Fiji
Australia coach John Connolly has revealed the Wallabies have already started preparing to face England in the World Cup quarter-finals.

England must first win their last Pool A game against Tonga on Friday but Connolly believes the defending champions will advance.

"I think England will get away with it," he said.

"They'll win 90% of their lineouts, their scrum is good and Jonny Wilkinson will get them around the field."

Connolly added: "They've got a lot of pace out wide so they're a team that will provide any side with some threats.

"When you spend a bit of time in England you know what they're capable of. They're dangerous, there's a lot of pace out there."

Australia had already provided a clue that they were working on a game plan to face England when fly-half Berrick Barnes slotted over a drop goal in Sunday's 55-12 win over Fiji when they already had the game sewn up.

Connolly said Wilkinson's return to the England side meant that drop goals were likely if they meet in the quarter-finals, so he instructed Barnes to have a practice shot against Fiji.

"All teams are paying attention to it," he admitted. "They've played a role in the past and I think with Wilkinson there obviously they play a big part with England."

England have twice beaten Australia in the World Cup with last-minute drop goals.

Rob Andrew knocked the Wallabies out of the 1995 World Cup quarter-finals in South Africa with a drop goal, while Wilkinson's effort decided the 2003 final in Sydney after the match went into extra-time.

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