sport news Michael Hooper: Australia planning for late England hits

Australia can move ahead of England to No 2 side in world with victory  Michael Cheika claimed old rivals will look to 'bully' his side with late hits  Michael Hooper backed half-backs to deal with challenge having prepared   He said: 'It's something the halves have been working on' ahead of game

By Duncan Bech, Press Association

Published: 17:32 GMT, 17 November 2017 | Updated: 17:32 GMT, 17 November 2017

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Michael Hooper has revealed that Australia's half-backs are ready to be targeted by England in Saturday's Cook Cup clash at Twickenham.

Wallabies head coach Michael Cheika claimed that Eddie Jones' men will look to 'bully' their old rivals and have deliberately hit Will Genia and Bernard Foley late in previous encounters.

'It's something the halves have been working on,' Australia openside and captain Hooper said.

Michael Hooper is confident Australia have prepared for their half-backs being targeted

Michael Hooper is confident Australia have prepared for their half-backs being targeted

The Wallabies enjoyed a light session ahead of the crunch clash at Twickenham 

The Wallabies enjoyed a light session ahead of the crunch clash at Twickenham 

The Australia captain is wary of the physical challenge to be laid down by England 

The Australia captain is wary of the physical challenge to be laid down by England 

'It (hitting late) is certainly to try to slow our ball down. Tactically if your half-back's not at the next ruck, they have more of an opportunity to get a turnover or get pressure on your ball.

'You've got to be careful with doing it because you can give away a penalty. Every time you play in big games there are going to be things like that coming up.

'It's just a tactic that you see not only England do, but a lot of other teams around the world and throughout this year. We are focusing on our things,

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