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Ashley-Cooper: Saturday World Cup dry run
ESPN Staff
November 24, 2014
Australia's Adam Ashley-Cooper tries to escape the clutches of Ireland's Tommy Bowe © Getty Images

Ashley-Cooper: Tour is helping us develop

Australia wing Adam Ashley-Cooper believes Saturday's clash with England at Twickenham will act as a World Cup warm-up and that a positive result is crucial in the Wallabies' final game of the year.

The two sides will meet again in the Pool A at the World Cup. The group that also contains Wales, Fiji and Uruguay and is being dubbed the 'pool of death'.

"It's a tough pool and you can certainly treat Saturday's match as a warm-up game for that World Cup match," Ashley-Cooper said. "The reality is that's seven or eight months away, but we do have England at Twickenham in the World Cup so this gives us a really good understanding of what it's going to be like. I think everyone is really excited by that."

Australia have had a mixed end-of-year tour so far, with a narrow win against Wales - their tenth consecutive victory over their World Cup opponents, offset by defeats in Paris and Dublin. Ashley-Cooper believes a win at Twickenham would sign the season off in style.

"It's the last game of our year and it's really important we finish on a good note before we pick up together again prior to a rugby World Cup," he said. "We always look forward to playing at Twickenham, it brings a lot of excitement, the atmosphere is one of the best in the world so we're looking forward to that. And off the back of two disappointing weeks, we certainly want to respond and we'll be looking to do that."

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