Australia: Tate McDermott hoping for a change of fortune against England

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Australia scrum-half Tate McDermott is hoping the current side can exact revenge as the three-game series between the Wallabies and England approaches.

Last time the Red Rose came to the land down under McDermott was a teen and could do nothing but watch as Eddie Jones’ side stole victory from the trio of Test matches.

Six years on, England will return to Australia with the young scrum-half set to feature for his nation, now aged 23 and a regular feature for the Reds in Super Rugby.

Before the last series on Australian soil, the hosts were backed to win following their second-place finish in the Rugby World Cup the year before, but Eddie Jones engineered a clean sweep on his first three outings as head coach.

England were formidable opponents during their first outings under Jones, but McDermott reckons they should be feared even more so now.

Respect between rivals

“Coming off a pretty good World Cup in 2015, I guess Australia were favourites at home, but it just proves – this year especially – the English are class,” he told reporters.

“They’ve got a brilliant core playing squad, which are pretty similar to the guys they brought over here (in 2016), guys like (Owen) Farrell, (Maro) Itoje, (Ben) Youngs, even Marcus Smith.

“Obviously he (Smith) didn’t come over in 2016, but he’s a world-class player, and Eddie Jones is still there at the helm.

“Watching those games as a fan, obviously it’s disappointing losing all three, but at the same time, to see all the support that Australians showed, and also that the English showed up as well, it’s going to be a massive series and one that we’re really excited for.”

McDermott will be fighting for minutes with Nic White and Jake Gordon over the series as the Reds nine approaches his 16th senior cap for the Wallabies.

Now having found his feet with Dave Rennie’s outfit, the 23-year-old scrum-half will be hoping for extended playing time and a place in that final match-day 23 on July 2.

“It’s been a pretty good journey so far. It’ll be my third year in this set-up,” he said.

“Just shows you that there’s so many other guys coming through that could be here as well, so not only am I lucky to be here, but just to have the players around me that I can learn off.

“Guys like Nic White, guys like Jake Gordon, Quade Cooper, all those kind of guys in this environment, what a brilliant chance for me to get better as a player and also as a person having the staff we have around here.

“There’s always that competition factor. Still very early days in the camp. We’ll start our field session tomorrow.

“We’re just doing light skills today, but I’m sure that extra fierceness and competitiveness between everyone, not just the halfbacks, but every position will come out, because at the end of the day, everyone wants to be starting.

“Everyone wants to be in that 23 come the Perth test match.”

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