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England holds off Australia to complete series swep

Reuters

A ruthless England side beat Australia 44-40 in a thrilling rollercoaster of a third test on Saturday to inflict a first 3-0 home series sweep on the Wallabies since 1971.

Tries from prop Dan Cole, fullback Mike Brown, No. 8 Billy Vunipola and replacement hooker Jamie George combined with 24 points from the boot of flyhalf Owen Farrell gave the tourists a record score in all tests against Australia.

Dane Haylett-Petty, Bernard Foley, Israel Folau, Michael Hooper and Taqele Naiyaravoro crossed for Australia but they were unable to match the discipline and set-piece strength of the Six Nations champions.

England, who won the first test in Brisbane 39-28 before securing its first series triumph in Australia with a 23-7 victory in Melbourne, extended its winning streak under coach Eddie Jones to nine matches.

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