This match is going to be huge for rugby fans and sports fans alike. The history of the two teams, the apparant contrast in style and the stakes involved make it a massive game. But where will the game be won and lost, and who will be the key players for each team?
For me, as an England fan, out of the three main southern hemisphere teams Australia is the team I would pick to play because we have the biggest chance of turning them over.
I say this because Australia's game is built on getting good ball to their backline (which I believe is the best in the competition even without Larkham). We therefore have the chance to exploit our one small advantage over them: our forwards.
If we are going to win the game we will need to spoil their scrum, challenge all of their line-outs and give them as slow a ball as possible at the breakdown. If I was Ashton I think I would have to gamble on playing Moody at 6 and Rees at 7 (dropping Corry) and telling them to pressure everything Gregan and Barnes try to do. Although I can't see Ashton changing his captain again obviously.
I would single out three areas where the game will be won and lost:
1) The kicking battle between Wilkinson and Latham (and how well we chase the kicks)
2) The battle between the two front fives in the scrum and line-out.
3) The battle between England's back row and Austrlia's half-backs will decide what kind of ball Australia's backs get to work with.
So, which team will prevail and play the game they want to play?