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The Australian media have been quick to criticise England in the aftermath of their victory over France in the rain-affected second semi-final on Sunday, labelling the team "boring", but Cohen is adamant that his side played a clever game under the circumstances.

"We went into the game [against France] with a gameplan of playing wet-weather rugby and it worked," said the powerhouse wing.

"That's all that matters, we win and carry on going in the tournament and here we are in the Final."

Saturday's weather forecast, according to the Sydney Morning Herald, predicts a "cloudy day, with a few showers and south/south-easterly wind". The Minimum temperature, according to the newspaper, is 17°C. The Maximum is expected to be 22°C.

But despite the forecast of a "few showers", and the advantage that the stronger and more experienced England pack would hold in wet weather, Cohen for one, is hoping the rain stays away, which would allow for a more expansive game.

"I think it's going to rain again this weekend," he said, "but hopefully it will hold off and we can make a good game of it."

But rain or shine, Sydney has seen a massive influx of England supporters ahead of the much-anticipated clash and it is something that has not gone unnoticed by the Northampton winger, or his team-mates, for that matter.

"It's nice to have the supporters here … especially when you watch the semi-final against New Zealand and Australia and they're singing 'Swing Low, Sweet Chariot' … that's brilliant," said Cohen.

"It's not cheap to come over here [Sydney] and the tickets certainly aren't cheap. These people have worked a long time to come over here and to be able to afford it, it's a huge compliment to us."


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