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England ready for challenge of facing giant Australian lock Rory Arnold

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England are ready to deal with the threat posed by 'Three Story Rory' when they clash with Australia in Brisbane on Saturday.

The Wallabies will give Brumbies second-row giant Rory Arnold his debut in only his second professional season in the hope his 6'10", 19-stone frame will disrupt a Red Rose line-out that excelled throughout the RBS 6 Nations.

England scrum coach Neal Hatley has revealed that a special plan has been drawn up to negate the tallest Wallaby of all time.

"Arnold poses a definite threat. We've watched some of the clips from him from the Currie Cup in South Africa all the way through to the Brumbies," Hatley said.

"It's going to be hard work to negate him, but we've put things in place that hopefully will be able to sort that out."

Eddie Jones has declared that England will play 'Bodyline' rugby over the three Tests and Hatley insists that intent extends to the collision at the scrum.

"We've worked ridiculously hard. It's going to be confrontational and that's what it's about in international rugby, especially at the set piece," said Hatley, who reported a clean bill of health for the first Test.

"We'll have to be unbelievably tough and hopefully that will set the platform for what's to come after that.

"We will have a tough and uncompromising approach. Bodyline for us is about changing what we do and presenting a different picture."

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