Anthony Watson has been ruled out of England's Autumn Nations Cup opener against Georgia next weekend but Elliot Daly and Joe Marler are back in contention.

Versatile back Watson has withdrawn from the newly-crowned Six Nations champions' squad due to an ankle injury and hooker Jack Singleton misses out with a hamstring problem.

Daly and Marler played no part in a hammering of Italy in Rome last weekend that resulted in the Red Rose lifting the Six Nations trophy, but could feature at Twickenham next Saturday.

Scrum-half Willi Heinz remains unavailable with a leg injury, so Alex Mitchell will be part of Eddie Jones' 36-man training group in Teddington.

Fly-half George Ford and flanker Mark Wilson will continue their rehabilitation programmes, while number eight Billy Vunipola is to report for international duty following the birth of his son this week.

England face Ireland and Wales after taking on Georgia in Group A of the inaugural Autumn Nations Cup.


England squad: 

Forwards: Tom Curry, Tom Dunn, Ben Earl, Charlie Ewels, Ellis Genge, Jamie George, Jonny Hill, Ted Hill, Maro Itoje, Joe Launchbury, Lewis Ludlam, Joe Marler, Beno Obano, David Ribbans, Kyle Sinckler, Will Stuart, Sam Underhill, Billy Vunipola, Mako Vunipols, Harry Williams, Jack Willis.

Backs: Joe Cokanasiga, Elliot Daly, Owen Farrell (captain), George Furbank, Jonathan Joseph, Ollie Lawrence, Max Malins, Joe Marchant, Jonny May, Alex Mitchell, Dan Robson, Henry Slade, Ollie Thorley, Jacob Umaga, Ben Youngs.

New Zealand captain Sam Cane felt his side paid for a lack of accuracy when it mattered as they slipped to a surprising defeat to Australia in the final Bledisloe Cup meeting in 2020. 

The All Blacks had won the previous two meetings between the countries comfortably, including a record 43-5 success a week ago in Sydney that opened their Tri Nations campaign in style. 

However, the Wallabies hit back in Brisbane, coming out on top 24-22 in a game that saw each team have a player sent off in the first half. 

Ofa Tu'ungafasi saw red for a high challenge on wing Tom Wright, though the hosts were also reduced to 14 men when debutant Wallabies flanker Lachlan Swinton was dismissed for leading with the shoulder on Sam Whitelock. 

Both sides also had to spend 10 minutes down to 13 during proceedings, the All Blacks crucially giving up points late on when lock Scott Barrett was in the sin bin. 

Substitute Tupou Vaa'i crossed in the closing minutes to secure the visitors a losing bonus, but Cane felt they could easily have come out on the right side of the result at Suncorp Stadium. 

"It doesn't matter if there's 15 players on each side, or it gets down to 14 versus 14 or 14 versus 13, the game is based on building pressure, playing smart, intensity and accuracy," he told the media. 

"I didn't think we were quite smart enough when we got down, then I thought we bought the intensity but not the accuracy. They did that really well and controlled the game for large parts."

On the dismissals, he added: "It's a fast-moving game and there are big collisions. Every now and then, players are going to get it slightly wrong.  

"I don't think either of those cards were malicious or dirty plays by any means, they were fractionally off. 

"We spend a lot of time practicing perfect technique, but in top-level sport like this, there will be the odd error unfortunately."

With Barrett off the field, Australia capitalised on the opportunity. They managed to drive close enough for a Taniela Tupou try that proved crucial in the final reckoning. 

"There were large parts where I was really proud of our effort," All Blacks coach Ian Foster said in his post-match media conference. 

"I thought we played with a lot of passion at times, certainly applied a lot of pressure, but we couldn't break them in the way that we wanted to.  

"They hung in there and the momentum swung about a bit with some other cards. Scooter's near the end was sort of bad timing for a card, as it put us under immense pressure. 

"If you look at where the game went, particularly in the last 10 minutes, I think the Wallabies were penalised about six times in their own 25, because of the pressure we put them under. That was frustrating."

Dave Rennie was "rapt" after Australia held on for a thrilling 24-22 victory over New Zealand a week after slumping to a record defeat.

Both sides had a man sent off in the first half at Suncorp Stadium, the All Blacks losing Ofa Tu'ungafasi before Wallabies debutant Lachlan Swinton saw red.

New Zealand retained the Bledisloe Cup with one match to spare in the first game of the Tri Nations series at ANZ Stadium last Saturday, hammering their trans-Tasman rivals by a record margin with a 43-5 rout.

Rennie praised the character shown by the men in green and gold seven days later as they secured a seventh straight win at the Brisbane venue.

"I'm rapt," the New Zealander said. "There was a lot of character shown today. We said we wanted a response after last weekend, and we got it."

Tom Wright scored an early try and Taniela Tupou crossed late on before Tupou Vaa'I finished to give the All Blacks hope in the closing stages, but they fell short.

Rennie's decision to play Reece Hodge at fly-half raised eyebrows, but he booted 14 points as Australia restored some pride to give Rennie a first win since he replaced Michael Cheika.

"We talked about scoreboard pressure and we hadn't been able to do that in previous games, and Hodgy kicked pretty well and we got our noses in front and were able to apply a bit more through that," Rennie added.

"We've got a long way to go, we're going to get a lot better, but it's good to get a result like this because it helps with a bit of belief.

"It's only one day, but we'll have a couple of quiet ones to celebrate."

Australia restored some much-needed pride in the fourth and final Bledisloe Cup meeting with New Zealand, sealing a hard-fought 24-22 triumph in a game that saw both teams have a player sent off. 

After a drawn opener between the trans-Tasman rivals in Wellington, the All Blacks had won the previous two meetings by a combined score of 70-12. 

Their record-breaking 43-5 triumph a week ago in Sydney not only secured the trophy but also gave them a successful start to the 2020 Tri Nations, yet the Wallabies responded impressively in Brisbane.

Reece Hodge kicked 14 points, including converting Taniela Tupou's crucial late try, as Australia prevailed despite conceding three tries, the last of which earned New Zealand a losing bonus point.

Australia debutant Tom Wright crossed inside two minutes and, while Rieko Ioane responded soon after for the visitors, the early double did not lead to a glut of points before the break.

Still, there was no lack of drama in the remainder of the first half. After a Hodge penalty made it 8-5, Ofa Tuungafasi was shown a red card after making direct contact with the chin as he emphatically stopped Wright's progress following a jinking run.

However, Ian Foster's men held firm when down a man – even drawing level – before the numbers were evened up, Lachlan Swinton's debut cut short for use of the shoulder on Sam Whitelock. 

Marika Koroibete saw yellow just before the interval for hands in at a ruck to leave Australia down to 13, yet by the time he returned his team were 11-8 ahead thanks to a second successful kick from Hodge. 

While hooker Codie Taylor was driven over by his fellow forwards to put the All Blacks in front, they lost Scott Barrett for 10 minutes to give Australia an opportunity to play against 13 men themselves.

Michael Hooper's side capitalised too, Tupou forcing his way to the line for a try that Hodge converted, adding to a pair of second-half penalties from the number 10.

Substitute Tupou Vaa'i breached a tired defensive line to set up a nervy finish as New Zealand closed the gap, but the Wallabies held on in the closing minutes to have the final say in the 2020 series and make it seven Test wins on the spin at Suncorp Stadium.

Australia are under pressure to salvage pride in the final Bledisloe Cup match of the series on Saturday after suffering a harrowing defeat to New Zealand last weekend.

The All Blacks retained the famous trophy in emphatic fashion at ANZ Stadium, taking a 2-0 lead with one match to play by dishing out a 43-5 rout at ANZ Stadium.

Not since 2002 have Australia won the Bledisloe Cup, and they reached a new low when the All Blacks won by a record margin in Sydney.

Victory for New Zealand also gave them a dream start to the Tri Nations series, and Wallabies head coach Dave Rennie has reacted by ringing the changes, springing a surprise by picking Reece Hodge at fly-half.

We use Opta data to preview Bledisloe IV at Suncorp Stadium.


Australia v New Zealand

- New Zealand have restricted the Wallabies to single figures in their last two matches. The last time they held them to fewer than 10 points in more consecutive Tests was an 11-game stretch from 1957 to 1964.

- Australia have lost only one of their last four Tests against New Zealand at Suncorp Stadium (W2, D1), and secured a 23-18 win over the All Blacks in their last meeting there in October 2017.

- The Wallabies are winless in their last four Tests (D1, L3). The last time they went more than four games without a victory was a six-game streak from October 2015 to August 2016, which included three losses to New Zealand.

- Australia have won their last six Tests on the bounce at Suncorp Stadium and have not lost at the Brisbane venue since June 2016, when England triumphed 39-28.

- New Zealand are on the cusp of multiple Test wins in Australia in a single calendar year for the first time since 2010.

- James Slipper is set to play his 100th Test, becoming just the 13th player to reach a century of appearances for Australia. His 51 caps from the bench are the joint-most of any player in Wallabies history alongside Tatafu Polota-Nau.

- Australia captain Michael Hooper has scored five Test tries at Suncorp Stadium, more than any other forward. Of all players, only Israel Folau (7) and Stephen Larkham (7) have scored more at the venue.

- Sam Whitelock is set to make his 100th Test start for New Zealand, becoming just the fifth player to start in a century of Tests for the All Blacks. It will be his 120th Test appearance.

James Lowe is set to make his Ireland debut in the Autumn Nations Cup after being included in Andy Farrell's 34-man squad.

New Zealand-born Lowe is eligible for Ireland having played for Leinster since 2017 and is one of three uncapped players in the group.

The 28-year-old versatile back has scored more Pro14 tries than any other player since his Leinster debut three years ago. He also ranks in the top three for clean breaks (52) and offloads (53).

Munster centre Shane Daly was brought in due to Garry Ringrose's broken jaw sustained against Italy in the Six Nations, while former England youth international Billy Burns replaced Jack Carty.

Keith Earles has returned from a back problem and Iain Henderson is included after serving a suspension, though Jack Conan has gone back to Leinster to recover from injury.

Ireland will face Wales at home next Friday before matches against England and Georgia. Their final game of the inaugural Autumn Nations Cup will be on December 5 against either Fiji, France, Italy or Scotland.

Farrell's team will be hoping to bounce back from a disappointing loss to France last weekend that handed England the Six Nations title.


Ireland squad:

Forwards: Finlay Bealham, Tadhg Beirne, Ed Byrne, Will Connors, Ultan Dillane, Caelan Doris, Cian Healy, Dave Heffernan, Iain Henderson, Rob Herring, Ronan Kelleher, Peter O'Mahony, Andrew Porter, Quinn Roux, John Ryan, James Ryan, CJ Stander, Josh van der Flier.

Backs: Bundee Aki, Billy Burns, Ross Byrne, Andrew Conway, Shane Daly, Keith Earls, Chris Farrell, Jamison Gibson-Park, Robbie Henshaw, Hugo Keenan, James Lowe, Kieran Marmion, Stuart McCloskey, Conor Murray, Johnny Sexton, Jacob Stockdale.

Scotland fly-halves Finn Russell and Adam Hastings have been ruled out of the Autumn Nations Cup.

Russell limped out of the Six Nations win over Wales last weekend with a groin injury and will not be available for the games against Italy, France and Fiji this month.

Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend is optimistic the Racing 92 playmaker will be available for the 2021 Six Nations.

Hastings is expected to miss the tournament next year after doing damage to his shoulder following his introduction as a replacement for Russell at Parc y Scarlets

Townsend told BBC Scotland: "Finn we hope will be back in time for the Six Nations, but it's unlikely Adam will be back before the end of that tournament.

"At the very best he'll come back at the end, but that will depend on how things go."

Scotland face champions England in their first game of the Six Nations at Twickenham on February 6.

Owen Farrell feels England are "just getting started" after they were crowned Six Nations champions on Saturday.

Ben Youngs marked his 100th cap with a double as the Red Rose secured a 34-5 bonus-point victory over Italy in Rome to give themselves a great chance of winning the title.

Ireland would have been guaranteed the trophy if they had beaten France by a margin of at least seven points in the final match of the tournament, but Les Bleus gave another demonstration of their huge potential in a 35-27 victory in Paris.

England finished level on points with France, but Eddie Jones' side won the competition for the first time in three years on points difference.

Farrell says there is more to come from England after they were able to celebrate almost a year to the day since they were beaten by South Africa in the Rugby World Cup final.

Asked if England have more to give, captain Farrell said on BBC One: "Massively, it feels like we're just getting started. There were four new caps today, someone who got their 100th cap in Ben Youngs and Jamie George who got his 50th.

"It feels like we've got a brilliant blend of experience and youth to drive us forward and being involved in training in the last few weeks has shown that to us and we're looking forward to what's in front of us as well."

Farrell paid tribute to wily head coach Jones after he masterminded the third Six Nations triumph of his reign.

He said of Jones: "He's been brilliant. the best thing I can say is we all love being here and being in camp and we all love working hard to improve and hopefully you see that when we get out on the field."

The England skipper also hailed Youngs on a special day for the scrum-half.

"I'm chuffed for him. It's a huge achievement reaching 100 caps, only the second person to do it for England, it's massive," said Farrell.

"To have such a good game, like he did, and to top it off with the trophy is brilliant."

England have won the Six Nations following France's 35-27 victory over Ireland in the final game of the tournament in Paris on Saturday.

Ben Youngs says it is an exciting time to play for England after starring on his 100th appearance in Saturday's Six Nations win over Italy.

The scrum-half scored two tries to help Eddie Jones' men to a 34-5 victory in Rome that kept alive their hopes of winning the championship prior to France's showdown with Ireland.

Youngs opened the scoring and was instrumental in a strong second-half display by the Red Rose, who held an uncomfortable 10-5 half-time lead after losing debutant Jonny Hill to a yellow card for a high tackle.

While their display in the first 40 minutes looked rusty, England were much improved after half-time as Youngs, Jamie George, Tom Curry and Henry Slade all scored to secure a bonus-point triumph.

It was a 21st Six Nations win over Italy in a row for England, with Youngs now on four career tries against the Azzurri, twice as many as he has against any other nation.

The Leicester Tigers man is already looking to the future, though, after becoming just the second man after Jason Leonard (114) to reach a century of England caps.

"I didn't want to build up to it too much during the week," he told ITV. "I wanted to focus on the process of playing – that was the most important thing for us, coming here and doing a job.

"I'll certainly reflect on it now with the boys and trying to absorb what the achievement is.

"I'm obviously very proud but the most important thing for me was to play my part in this team.

"We've got to keep going. It's a nice milestone but I've got the desire to kick on with these boys and all these young caps coming in, it's an exciting time to be part of it."

Looking back at England's difficult first half, he said: "We started the game well, at the start... I thought we went at them. But there was a large chunk of the first half when we couldn't get our hands on the ball, and we couldn't get our game on the field, but that's what international rugby is like sometimes.

"We went in at half-time and we got the job done in the end.

"We spoke about it being a grinding-down process. We were camped on our own line; maybe that yellow card shook us up a little bit. We got there in the end."

Ben Youngs celebrated his 100th cap with a double as England gave themselves a great chance of winning the Six Nations by securing a bonus-point 34-5 victory over Italy.

The Red Rose only held a 10-5 half-time lead at Stadio Olimpico, but stepped it up after the break to move four points clear of Ireland at the top of the table.

Eddie Jones' side can now only watch on and hope that second-placed Ireland and France, who also have a chance of being crowned champions, fail to get the result they need to lift the trophy in the final match of the tournament later on Saturday in Paris.

Youngs opened the scoring with an early try and Owen Farrell added a penalty, but rusty England - playing their first game since the tournament was suspended in March due to the coronavirus - were pegged back by a Jake Polledri five-pointer.

Scrum-half Youngs added a classy second two minutes into the second half before Jamie George marked his 50th cap with a third try and Tom Curry secured the bonus point 14 minutes from time

Henry Slade scored England's fifth try and Farrell booted nine points as England boosted their points difference and consigned ttaly to a 27th consecutive Six Nations loss

Youngs got England off to a great start when he cruised under the posts four minutes in after taking a pass from Farrell, who added the extras and slotted over a penalty soon after.

Italy hit back, though, with Polledri bursting from midfield and finishing superbly in the corner after showing a sharp turn of foot midway through the first half.

The fired-up Azzurri applied the pressure after Red Rose debutant Jonny Hill was sin-binned for a high tackle, but were unable to capitalise on their numerical advantage and England were frustrated when they were penalised as they drove towards the line following a yellow card for Polledri.

England failed to fire in the first half, but Youngs caught Italy out again with a moment of magic just after the interval, throwing a clever dummy at the breakdown and shrugging off a tackle before dotting down for a double.

George applied the finish when Italy were unable to stop a driving maul following a lineout and Curry showed great awareness to dart down the left touchline and touch down for the bonus point.

Ben Earl set up Slade for a simple score after getting on the end of Farrell's grubber kick as Italy ran out of steam and England piled the pressure on Ireland and France.

Scotland spoiled Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones' world record 149th Test appearance by ending their Six Nations campaign with a 14-10 victory on Saturday.

The inspirational Jones surpassed Richie McCaw's tally at Parc y Scarlets, but he was unable to mark the occasion with a win.

Rhys Carre scored the game's opening try for Wales when he wriggled through between the posts in the first half, with Scotland just a point behind at the break following penalties from Finn Russell and Adam Hastings.

Yet poor discipline in the scrum cost the 2019 Grand Slam winners, aa Stuart McInally pounced to score Scotland's only try and Stuart Hogg landed another penalty from the last kick of the game to seal Scotland's first Six Nations win in Wales since 2002.

Leigh Halfpenny's penalty with 15 minutes to go had set up a tense finale, but Wales finished second bottom of the table after a fourth loss in five Six Nations matches.

Scotland hit the front inside 10 minutes, as Russell converted after Ryan Elias was penalised for offside.

Chris Harris should have taken in Hogg's pass in the 20th minute, but a fumble from Scotland's number 13 allowed Dan Biggar to intervene.

Scotland were made to pay just after the half-hour. With the wind causing havoc at lineouts, Elias nipped in to steal possession, and Carre bundled his way over under the sticks – Biggar adding the extras.

An injury to Russell compounded Scotland's frustration, though a penalty from his replacement Hastings reduced the deficit to one point at the break.

A collapsing Wales scrum gave Scotland a golden opportunity with 20 minutes remaining and Gregor Townsend's side swiftly capitalised – McInally grounding on the back of a driving maul.

Hastings' failed conversion handed Wales a reprieve, with Halfpenny kicking them to within a point, but Hogg put the icing on the cake right at the end as Scotland won a third successive Six Nations match for the first time since 1996

Work to do for Pivac

Wales have now lost their last five matches, including three at the start of the Six Nations earlier in the year, and their defeat to France last time out.

The 2019 World Cup semi-finalists put in a disappointing defence of their title and having replaced Warren Gatland, Wayne Pivac will be searching for some much-improved displays from his side in the upcoming Autumn Nations Cup.

Russell's comeback ends early

Fly-half Russell missed the Six Nations games in February and March due to a breach of team protocol, but was recalled to Scotland's squad for this match and the Autumn Nations Cup.

However, his comeback lasted just 32 minutes, with Russell sustaining in an injury while trying to prevent Carre's try, and Scotland will be hoping he is fit to return in two weeks' time.

What's next?

Scotland are set to face Italy in the Autumn Nations Cup on November 14, a day after Wales go up against Ireland.

Sam Cane is excited by what the future could hold for New Zealand after they dished out a record-breaking hammering of Australia to retain their firm grip on the Bledisloe Cup.

The All Blacks hammered their trans-Tasman rivals by the biggest ever margin at ANZ Stadium on Sunday, starting the Tri Nations series with an emphatic six-try drubbing.

Richie Mo'unga scored a first-half double and finished with 23 points in a victory for Ian Foster's side that gave them a 2-0 lead over the Wallabies with one Bledisloe Cup match to play,

New Zealand have not lost a Bledisloe Cup series since 2002 and captain Cane believes there is more to come from his side after a brutal demolition of Australia.

The flanker said: "It's a pretty happy changing room in there at the moment … just filled her [the trophy] up. The trophy is really important to us, and we care a lot about it.

"I'm just so proud of the work we’ve put in over the last five-six weeks building up to this moment. It feels like we’ve improved every single week and I'm really excited about where this group can go.

"They're a tough side. There will be areas they'll be happy with and there will be areas they're not. One thing I've always admired about the Aussies is the way they pick themselves up. They'll turn up again next week with a similar confidence and attitude.

"But we'll enjoy tonight, and all the hard work that’s gone into getting us here, then decompress tomorrow, and we go again for next week. I’m pretty excited about where this team can go because I think we’ve improved steadily every week."

Head coach Foster echoed his skipper's sentiments.

He said: "It was the patience we showed tactically. Sometimes when you get out early you can loosen up a lot but I thought in that second quarter we stuck to what was working.

"We saw space and we took it. There was some nice instinctiveness about it, too. We're building something here."

New Zealand recorded their biggest winning margin over Australia as a 43-5 thrashing secured another Bledisloe Cup series triumph and a fine start to the Tri Nations.

The All Blacks suffered a chastening 47-26 loss in their previous match on Australian soil last August, but ensured there was no repeat in Sydney as they followed up their 27-7 Eden Park victory earlier this month in style.

Karl Tu'inukuafe, Richie Mo'unga (2) and Dane Coles touched down in the first half at ANZ Stadium, where a socially distanced crowd witnessed a masterclass from Ian Foster's side.

Debutant Noah Lolesio hit back in a much-improved second-half showing from Australia, but New Zealand rarely looked anything other than comfortable and added gloss through Rieko Ioane and Jordie Barrett, with Mo'unga's conversion earning his country a slice of history.

With the Bledisloe Cup now beyond their grasp, Dave Rennie's men will look to bounce back against the same opponents in Brisbane next week to kickstart their Tri Nations campaign.

The Wallabies endured an early setback, Filipo Daugunu seeing yellow for a dangerous tackle on the airborne Caleb Clarke.

Foster's charges initially capitalised as Tu'inukuafe crashed over for his first international try, but Jordie Barrett soon followed fellow number 14 Daugunu into the sin bin for leading with his forearm on Dane Haylett-Petty.

The visitors had two tries ruled out by the TMO, one for grounding and the other for being in touch, before Mo'unga's brace of fine solo scores eased their frustrations.

Coles, earlier denied by the TMO, drove over from a lineout to effectively put the game to bed before the break.

Australia got off the mark a minute after the interval as Lolesio seized on a sharp pass inside to dart over the line, though the All Blacks soon reasserted their authority to seal a record win over their rivals.

Mo'unga kicked a penalty and added the extras to tries from Ioane and Barrett, the second of those conversions ensuring New Zealand's 43-6 win over Australia in 1996 was eclipsed.

Alun Wyn Jones will become the most capped player in Test history on Saturday and the legendary Wales captain's record against Scotland suggests he will be celebrating with a win.

Jones will break new ground at Parc y Scarlets when he wins a 149th international cap, surpassing New Zealand great Richie McCaw's tally.

The talismanic lock's appearance on the final day of the Six Nations will be his 140th for Wales and he has played nine times for the British and Irish Lions in a stellar career.

A fierce competitor and inspirational leader, the 35-year-old made his Wales debut against Argentina in June and has gone on to become one of the all-time greats.

With the use of Opta data, we reflect on Jones' Test career so far as he prepares to break the world record on home soil.



The towering back-row has faced 18 different countries over the years and beaten them all at least once.

He has more Test wins over Scotland than any other country, which bodes well for this weekend, with 10 triumphs in 12 contests.

England are the opponents Jones has faced the most, starting all 21 times against the Red Rose – losing 12 and winning nine.

He does not have fond memories of New Zealand, beating the All Blacks just once in 15 Tests.



His Lions selections over the last 11 years are all the evidence you need of Jones' incredible durability and consistency.

He has played all nine Lions Tests since 2009, starting seven and coming off the bench twice. No other player has featured in more than six in that time.

Jones stepped in to captain the side in the series-clinching victory over Australia in 2013 and started all three Tests in the drawn series with New Zealand three years ago.

He will be hoping to get the nod for a fourth tour under Warren Gatland next year, when the Lions are due to face South Africa 12 years after Jones was selected for the representational side to travel to the same country.



Sam Warburton is the only player to have captained Wales more often than Jones.

Ospreys great Jones has been skipper on 37 occasions, with Warburton leading his country 49 times before retiring two years ago.

Ryan Jones (33) is third on the list, with Ieuan Evans (28) and Colin Charvis (22) making up the top five.



Gatland was a great success in his 12-year reign as Wales head coach and Jones played a big hand in that.

He made 116 appearances during the New Zealander's long tenure, winning 62 of those matches.

Wales won four Six Nations titles and three Grand Slams with Gatland at the helm and Jones was the only player to make 100 or more appearances during his time in charge.

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