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Last Updated: Tuesday, 2 October 2007, 06:16 GMT 07:16 UK
Robinson back in England training
Jason Robinson
Robinson insists he is ready to face Australia on Saturday
England winger Jason Robinson has resumed full training ahead of the World Cup quarter-final against Australia in Marseille on Saturday.

Robinson injured his hamstring in the defeat by South Africa and had looked set to miss the rest of the tournament.

Wasps flanker Tom Rees (thigh strain) was also back in training on Monday, but Mark Cueto, Paul Sackey and Lewis Moody were all missing.

England coach Brian Ashton has delayed naming his team until Wednesday.

606: DEBATE

They will be given another 24 hours to recover from Friday's bruising victory over Tonga.

Robinson is confident he will line up against the Wallabies.

"I will be fit and available for selection. This is our biggest match since we beat them in the World Cup final in Sydney four years ago," he said.

Meanwhile, Australia wing Lote Tuqiri has stoked the fires ahead of the make-or-break showdown by describing Robinson as England's only genuine world class three-quarter.

"We don't know if he's going to be back, but he's probably England's main attacking weapon," Tuqiri said.

"I don't like to say it, but Robinson is probably their only world-class back, the only one they've had playing in form.

I don't like to say it, but Jason Robinson is probably England's only world-class back

Australia wing Lote Tuqiri

"He's been great for English rugby league and rugby union. He'll go down as one of the better players in both codes.

"We're pretty confident in our defence, but if Robinson's not there, given the world-class player he is, it's a big thing we don't have to worry about."

Tuqiri's comments came on the back of quotes from Australian Rugby Union chief executive John O'Neill, who insisted "we hate England".

He added that Australia were out for "revenge" for their defeat in the 2003 final.

Wallabies captain Stirling Mortlock admitted: "It's sort of ingrained in the Australian psyche, it's one of the rivalries Australia's always had. The Ashes cricket has certainly been a big catalyst for it."

England second row Ben Kay, a member of Sir Clive Woodward's team that beat the Wallabies 20-17 in Sydney four years ago, said the Aussie jibes were "nothing new".

Australia wing Lote Tuqiri
Winger Lote Tuqiri scored Australia's only try in the 2003 final

"We've known for ages we're 'boring' so we're quite happy. It comes with the rivalry we've got with Australia, it's an intense sporting rivalry," said the 31-year-old Leicester lock.

"When I first started playing against them their criticisms would have perhaps got under my skin but I've got a lot of Australian mates and they're all like that.

"I enjoy the Australian psyche.

"At the last World Cup final, all week leading up to it, they were giving us absolute hell but the morning after the game the Sydney Morning Herald showed what a great sporting nation they really are by praising us."



SEE ALSO
Australian Lyons out of World Cup
30 Sep 07 |  Rugby Union
England 36-20 Tonga
28 Sep 07 |  English
Flood replaces Noon at World Cup
17 Sep 07 |  English
Rugby World Cup 2007 fixtures
29 Sep 07 |  Rugby Union


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