England are peaking according to Jonny Wilkinson.
Eddie Jones’ side will be assured of success, live on Sky Sports, and face Italy in their game on Friday.
Six Nations champions are also beaten by england Wales month before losing the reverse fixture at Wilkinson and Cardiff has been impressed for the World Cup, which begins in Tokyo on September 20.
“They’ve used the pre-season brightly, the warm-up matches,” said Wilkinson. “They’re almost peaking and have got momentum moving in, which is wonderful.
“Every game seems to have a real intention and goal about the reason why they’re playing it, which team they’re picking and why they’re choosing it.
“It is not just a case of’Let us see whether we could win a few games’, it is more’Let us go and see what we’re capable of, put some things into practice that we have been working on in camp’.
“The men look excited, fresh and physically ready. I think that is going to be crucial going in today, they don’t do a lot of but do to maintain a certain state of mind come the first game.”
England stay together with Wilkinson famously kicking his side, the only northern hemisphere nation to have won the World Cup.
Australia could be faced by england again at the quarter-finals of the year’s championship and Wilkinson has supported the current generation if they reach the last four to really move all of the way.
“The barrier for me was constantly quarter-finals,” he explained. “The championship was always divided into two phases – the Pool stage and the latter phases but today I feel the quarter-final retains an interesting position.
“Two of the World Cups I was involved in we left at the quarter-final and the others went directly to the closing. That’s the turning point, for me.
“After you hit this semi-final stage there is a particular amount of letting things to go the way they are. We felt powerful about semi-finals, where it finishes, virtually like this is not.
“However, the quarter-final is the point where you come from the group phases and people believe’this is not enough, it is insufficient’, semi-final is the place you think should you get there you are moving.
“I would really like to find that a few northern hemisphere titles in that semi-final attraction and surely to see one of them at the closing will be fine. If it had been England I would be even happier.”
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