ENGLAND V AUSTRALIA AT TWICKENHAM 2.30PM SATURDAY (0130 SUNDAY AEDT)
Head to head: Played 47, Australia 25, England 21, Drawn 1
PAST TEN MEETINGS:
June 25 2016: Australia 40 England 44, Sydney
June 18 2016: Australia 7 England 23, Melbourne
June 11 2016: Australia 28 England 39, Brisbane
Oct 3 2015: England 13 Australia 33, Twickenham
Nov 29 2014: England 26 Australia 17, Twickenham
Nov 2 2013: England 20 Australia 13, Twickenham
Nov 17 2012 England 20 Australia 14, Twickenham
Nov 13 2010: England 35 Australia 18, Twickenham
June 19 2010: Australia 20 England 21, Sydney
June 12 2010: Australia 27 England 17, Perth
ENGLAND RECENT FORM:
Won 27-14 against Argentina at Twickenham
Won 58-15 against Fiji at Twickenham
Won 37-21 against South Africa at Twickenham
AUSTRALIA RECENT FORM
Lost 27-24 against Ireland in Dublin
Won 23-22 against Scotland in Edinburgh
Won 32-8 against Wales in Cardiff
The backrow: With England missing talismanic No,8 Billy Vunipola due to a knee injury Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has restored the mobile Lopeti Timani to No.8 at the expense of an extra line-out jumper in the form of Dean Mumm to try and get the upper hand at the breakdown. David Pocock moves to blindside flanker in what will be his final match before taking a year-long sabbatical from rugby. Fijian-born Nathan Hughes is handed his first start for England as Vunipola’s replacement.
The five-eighths: Bernard Foley’s last appearance against England at Twickenham was arguably his finest hour in a green and gold jersey as he collected a 26-point haul in the 33-13 win in the Rugby World Cup last year. The NSW Waratah was successfully targeted by the England pack in the June and will be gunning for him once again at Twickenham. England playmaker George Ford has emerged as a key figure in Eddie Jones’ side but struggled against Argentina last week and can expect special attention from Wallabies hitman Timani.
The props: As ever, all eyes will be on the first scrum of the match given the special attention both Cheika and Jones have given to their rivals’ scrummaging techniques. Dan Cole was singled out by the Australia coach as having an illegal technique after his old rival said he would speak to referee Jaco Peyper before the game about the Wallabies pack.
Australia: Israel Folau, Dane Haylett-Petty, Tevita Kuridrani, Reece Hodge, Sefanaia Naivalu, Bernard Foley, Nick Phipps; Lopeti Timani, Michael Hooper, David Pocock, Kane Douglas, Rob Simmons, Scott Sio, Stephen Moore (capt), Sekope Kepu.. Res from: Tolu Latu, James Slipper, Allan Alaalatoa, Rory Arnold, Dean Mumm, Sean McMahon, Quade Cooper, Sefanaia Naivalu.
England: Mike Brown, Jonny May, Jonathan Joseph, Owen Farrell, Marland Yarde, George Ford, Ben Youngs; Nathan Hughes, Tom Wood, Chris Robshaw, George Kruis, Courtney Lawes, Dan Cole, Dylan Hartley (capt), Mako Vunipola. Reserves: Jamie George, Joe Marler, Kyle Sinckler, Charlie Ewels, Teimana Harrison, Danny Care, Ben Te’o, Henry Slade.