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Wallabies not thinking of England: Moore

Press AssociationPress Association 25/11/2016 Nick Purewal

Australia are determined not let England boss Eddie Jones' early broadsides derail Saturday's Test clash with Ireland in Dublin.

England head coach Jones branded Argentina "probably the second best team in the Rugby Championship" ahead of facing the Pumas at Twickenham this weekend.

That has been interpreted as Australian Jones' first barb against the Wallabies, who face England at Twickenham on December 3.

But Australia captain Stephen Moore has insisted Michael Cheika's men will not disrespect Ireland by even thinking of England this week.

"I think if we started thinking about England this week then we'd come up short tomorrow," Moore said.

"We haven't even thought about that game yet.

"It's disrespectful to the Irish team to even talk about I think.

"We've got a massive Test tomorrow, we've spent the whole week preparing for that.

"And next week we'll talk about England, so I haven't given it any thought."

England whitewashed the Wallabies three-nil in Australia in June, so Michael Cheika's side will doubtless be out for revenge at Twickenham on December 3.

But first the Wallabies must take on Ireland and Moore insisted Australia need the best performance of their northern hemisphere tour to topple Saturday's hosts.

Moore believes Ireland's 40-29 victory over New Zealand in Chicago on November 5 merely serves to underline their growing prowess under Kiwi head coach Joe Schmidt.

"If you look at the way Ireland have played this month it's clearly a huge challenge for us," said Moore.

"They are playing as well as they have for a while.

"They showed that in Chicago and even last weekend, I know they didn't get the result, but they played some great rugby, the consistency was there.

"We know it's a huge challenge and we're going to have to play our best game of the tour to win."

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