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Sam Burgess urges England to write history against Australia in World Cup

• England chasing first British win over Kangaroos since 2006
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It is not do-or-die when England begin their World Cup campaign against Australia in Melbourne on Friday but there is an acute awareness among the squad regarding what victory over the world champions would represent.

For starters, there is the opportunity to end what feels like a never-ending sequence of British defeats to Australia, stretching back to Great Britain’s 23-12 win in the 2006 Tri-Nations. For an England victory, you must delve even further back in the archives, to the opening game of the 1995 World Cup.

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