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A time-honoured stadium that first hosted a Test cricket match in 1882 will be the venue for the decisive match between two former rugby foes with an almost similar vintage.

The Sydney Cricket Ground will host a Rugby Test for the first time since 1986 when Australia take on England in the deciding third match of the series tonight (7.55pm AEST).

The SCG was secured for the match as the nearby Allianz Stadium – most often used by the Wallabies for their Test matches – was undergoing refurbishment.

Since 1909, England and Australia have faced each other 54 times in rugby, with England leading the series 27-26, with one draw.

Wallabies captain Michael Hooper grew up on Sydney’s northern beaches and watched cricket and other sports at the stadium.

He says the Wallabies will be looking to up their physical game against England and make their mark early in the deciding game.

“We were able to keep a lot of pressure on and get back into the game after being behind and obviously we want to turn things around,” Hooper said.

“To come out with good momentum and build up and put those guys under pressure. They did a great job last week doing that to us and we want to change that path.”

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