'Winning 2-1 against Australia will be even more special than 2016 series win' - Jack Nowell

Jack Nowell started for England in both the Tests against Australia
Jack Nowell started for England in both the Tests against Australia

England wing Jack Nowell feels the win over Australia in the deciding Test in Sydney on Saturday will be more special than the series victory they achieved in 2016.

The Wallabies started the ongoing series with a 30-28 victory in Perth before Eddie Jones' men bounced back with a 25-17 win in the second Test in Brisbane.

A win on the weekend will make England win their second successive series over the Wallabies in the Australian soil having defeated them 3-0 previously in 2016 when Jones took over.

“If I look back to last time we were out here, winning 3-0 was special,” said Nowell, who started in both the games.

“But to come from 1-0 down – and hopefully the idea is to be 2-1 at the end of it – is hopefully something I will remember more.”

England had a 7-19 lead at the end of the opening half at Suncorp Stadium before the Wallabies bounced back in the second half riding on a try from Samu Kerevi along with a conversion and a penalty from Noah Lolesio but the visitors held back their nerve to keep their hope alive ahead of the Sydney Test.

“We have had some difficult situations,” added Nowell.

“We let ourselves down and lost a few games and those results, when they back up, are hard to take. But they fired us up to go again.

“The thing we spoke about was that, if we lost the second Test, we lose the series. It was as simple as that and when you keep it that simple, it frees us up on the field.

“The first half we were dominant and then Australia came back. But where we are as a squad, we were able to handle that and fire through it, especially the forwards.

“We had a lot riding on the second Test and, if we had lost, the series was over. When that’s in the front of your minds going into a game, it’s all or nothing.”