England rugby coach Eddie Jones has picked a street fighter as his side chases history in what he has labelled a titanic third Test against Australia on Saturday.
Jones on Thursday made one enforced change for the match at Sydney’s Allianz Stadium, replacing injured flanker James Haskell with Teimana Harrison.
New Zealand-born Harrison, who has one cap, comes in for Haskell, who was outstanding in the first two games won by England, but has been forced out with a foot injury.
“He (Harrison) is a bit of a street fighter, he doesn’t mind throwing it around a bit and we’re going to need that on Saturday night,” Jones said.
His side has won the series with victories in Brisbane and Melbourne, but Jones said he hadn’t been tempted to make voluntary changes.
Jones said his side was in a good position to play well after an excellent preparation.
“We know we’re going to have to play better on Saturday,” Jones said.
“It’s an enormously important game for us, we can create a lot of history here.
“Australia hasn’t been beaten 3-0 since the (British and Irish) Lions in 1971, so to do that would be a great accomplishment for the team.”
“The team is motivated, fit and ready to go.”
Jones said Australia had picked a good side for the game after his Wallabies counterpart Michael Cheika recalled locks Rob Simmons and Will Skelton and inside centre Matt Toomua.
“They will be hurting a lot,” Jones said.
“We know that they’ve got good coaching staff, they will be prepared for the game and we’re expecting a titanic struggle.
“But we haven’t played as well as we can all series.
“In each of the first two games we’ve done bits and pieces well, but we want to put it all together for this game.
“I’m not really concerned how Australia want to play or how Australia think we’re going to play.”
England: Mike Brown, Anthony Watson, Jonathan Joseph, Owen Farrell, Jack Nowell, George Ford, Ben Youngs, Billy Vunipola, Teimana Harrison, Chris Robshaw, George Kruis, Maro Itoje, Dan Cole, Dylan Hartley (capt), Mako Vunipola.
Res: Jamie George, Matt Mullan, Paul Hill, Joe Launchbury, Courtney Lawes, Jack Clifford, Danny Care, Elliot Daly.