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Last Updated: Wednesday, 24 September, 2003, 16:22 GMT 17:22 UK
Form guide: England
Will Greenwood ploughs over the Australian line to score in the June Test between the two sides
England bulldozed their way through the Australians
England's 2003 to date is unrivalled by anyone globally, such has been their domination both at home and away.

They comfortably swept aside their Six Nations opponents, clinching the Grand Slam in the process.

And, to prove their doubters wrong, they claimed stunning victories against both New Zealand and Australia to mark themselves out as potential winners of the World Cup.

Clive Woodward's side topped and tailed their season-long preparations with wins over their fiercest northern hemisphere rivals, France.

They opened the Six Nations with a 25-17 win over Les Bleus, which many dubbed the competition's decider.

Despite the scoreline, England were rarely forced to take things full throttle against an uninspiring French outfit.

In fact, England were never really tested either at home or away in the tournament, not even in the Grand Slam decider against Ireland when they produced their best rugby of the campaign.

It was a resounding away victory, which was followed up by equally impressive wins on a testing trip down under.

FORM IN 2003
Most observers agree this is the most creative, powerful and balanced team ever to represent England and they bolstered their self belief in New Zealand and Australia.

They held out against New Zealand in a nail-biting 15-13 win with all the points coming from Jonny Wilkinson's boot.

And having faced criticism for a lack of adventure, they proved equally adept at running the ball as the Wallabies were put to the sword in dramatic fashion for their first win on Australian soil.

Despite only an 11-point winning margin, England were at their best, with Mike Tindall, Will Greenwood and Ben Cohen all crossing the try line in a breathtaking display of running rugby.

A break of two months failed to stop the momentum as Woodward showed his squad's strength in depth when a reserve team crushed Wales.

Ben Cohen celebrates one of his two tries against France
Cohen proved a major force in the build-up for England

The Welsh succumbed to their 11th consecutive defeat, coming off the field disheartened by the size of the 43-9 defeat.

A week on, another experimental English line-up targeted a 15th consecutive victory but came up short against the French in Marseille.

But with the roles reversed a week later with England's first team running out at home to take on France's reserves, the Six Nations champions were back to winning ways.

Expectations will be high for England in Australia, but there is now so much talent at Woodward's disposal that England are sure to be in the running come the sharp end of the tournament.





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